PerspectiveAstrophysics

Computational astrophysics for the future

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Science  07 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6406, pp. 979-980
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3206

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Summary

Scientific discovery is mediated by ideas that, after being formulated in hypotheses, can be tested, validated, and quantified before they eventually lead to accepted concepts. Computer-mediated discovery in astrophysics is no exception, but antiquated code that is only intelligible to scientists who were involved in writing it is holding up scientific discovery in the field. A bold initiative is needed to modernize astrophysics code and make it transparent and useful beyond a small group of scientists.