The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 41–48 | Cite as

Accelerating scientific discovery by formulating grand scientific challenges

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One important question for science and society is how to best promote scientific progress. Inspired by the great success of Hilbert’s famous set of problems, the FuturICT project tries to stimulate and focus the efforts of many scientists by formulating Grand Challenges, i.e. a set of fundamental, relevant and hardly solvable scientific questions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ETH ZurichSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland

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