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31 January 2014 @ 07:33 pm
Ways to cope with exponential growth of knowledge  
Since from the time of Newton to now, we have come close to doubling knowledge every 17 years, more or less. And we cope with that, essentially, by specialization
books which leave out what's not essential are more important than books which tell you everything because you don't want to know everything.

Hamming said it 28 years ago.
Now Wikipedia plays role of "essential-only" books.
Brevity is king (and made Twitter popular).
ex_juan_gan on February 1st, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
The question is, who's the judge, and what's essential...
Dennis Gorelik: 2009dennisgorelik on February 1st, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
Ultimately the judges are readers who either open and link the article or don't.
Wikipedia ranks well only on some topics. Other topics are covered by other web sites.
For example, in this posting I link to paulgraham.com, not to wikipedia.

Wikipedia's success in spite of editorial mistakes signifies how strategically important editing is.