How did data get so big?

An essay about the history of data, and how it got so big.

Data is shaping the world, even influencing major elections or helping to photograph black holes. For us, professionals in the field, we should not ignore the past, as Carl Sagan famously stated, "You have to know the past to understand the present".

This is the fourth essay on a series of Nature articles marking its 150th anniversary on how the past 150 years have shaped the science system driven.

To navigate the present, we must heed the lessons of history.


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