A critical evaluation of Wikipedia

Wikipedia is also called a Free Encyclopedia. That terminology is correct. The basic problem is many people contribute to Wikipedia, all with good intentions, but the major result is that many articles suffer a common goal. Some look like a quilt.

Anyone can modify each article anonymous. I do not understand why this is possible. Why not use your full name ?

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16 jun 2016 Accelerating expansion of the universe Empty
16 jun 2016 Artificial intelligence
17 Sep 2008 Astrology
3 Nov 2017 Axiom Postulates "New"
6 Feb 2015 Bell's spaceship paradox
12 Dec 2016 Bell's theorem Bell's Inequalities "New"
9 Dec 2014 Big Bang nucleosynthesis
9 April 2016 Black body "New"
7 Feb 2016 Black hole information paradox
10 March 2017 Bohr model "New"
16 Feb 2015 Born rigidity
3 Nov 2016 Center of mass Center of Gravity
15 Aug 2008 Chaos Theory
2 Feb 2017 Compton scattering Compton effect "New"
28 Jan 2017 Copenhagen interpretation "New"
2 Jan 2015 Cosmic Microwave Background radiation
2 Jan 2015 Cosmological principle Homogeneous versus Inhomogeneous?
31 Mar 2015 Cyclic_mode Empty
14 Aug 2013 Dark matter
18 Jan 2017 De Broglie-Bohm theory "New"
12 Sep 2008 Determinism
15 Feb 2015 Ehrenfest paradox
29 Jan 2015 Einstein synchronisation
15 June 2017 Empirical evidence "New"
2 Jan 2017 EPR paradox "New"
22 Oct 2017 Equivalence Principle Empty
6 Oct 2016 Event horizon
31 Mar 2015 Flatness problem Empty
31 Mar 2015 Free will Empty
9 Aug 2013 Fractal cosmology
13 Aug 2013 Galaxy rotation curve
21 Oct 2017 General relativity Empty
8 Jan 2017 Gravitational singularity "New"
31 Mar 2015 Gravitational time dilation "New"
31 Mar 2015 Gravitational wave Empty
8 April 2016 Hawking Radiation "New"
8 June 2017 Horizon problem New
2 Nov 2017 Hulse-Taylor binary New
3 Nov 2017 Hypothesis New
29 Jan 2015 Inertial frame of reference
14 May 2011 Inflation Cosmology short comment
9 Dec 2014 Inflation Cosmology long comment
16 jun 2016 Intelligence
31 Mar 2015 Karl Popper Empty
31 Jan 2015 Ladder paradox
31 Mar 2015 Lambda-CDM_model Empty
26 Jan 2015 Length contraction
20 Oct 2017 Lorentz covariance Empty
30 Jan 2015 Lorentz ether theory
2 Jul 2017 Lorentz factor
1 Nov 2016 Mass Gravitational Mass & Inertial Mass
1 Nov 2016 Mass-energy equivalence
19 Nov 2016 Mass in general relativity
2 Nov 2016 Mass in special relativity
23 Jan 2015 Michelson-Morley experiment
20 Sep 2016 Modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND)
18 Aug 2012 Multi Processors and Parallel Programming
9 Feb 2016 No-hair theorem
11 Dec 2014 Non-deterministic Turing machine
20 Dec 2014 NP Complete
20 Dec 2014 NP Complexity
11 Oct 2016 Nuclear binding energy
11 Oct 2016 Numerical relativity
9 Dec 2014 Observable Universe
29 Jan 2015 One-way speed of light
29 Jan 2015 Oort Cloud
20 Dec 2014 P versus NP problem
6 Mar 2017 Pauli exclusion principle
10 Dec 2016 Photon entanglement
20 Jan 2017 Popper's experiment "New"
29 Jan 2015 Preferred frame
9 April 2016 Primordial black hole
16 Dec 2016 Principle of locality
29 Jan 2015 Principle of relativity
5 Jul 2017 Proper length Empty
5 Jul 2017 Proper time "New"
10 Dec 2016 Quantum entanglement "New"
28 Jul 2017 Quantum superposition "New"
1 Feb 2017 Relativistic_quantum_mechanics
29 Jan 2015 Relativity of simultaneity
28 Jul 2017 Schrödinger's cat "New"
28 Jan 2017 Schrödinger equation "New"
6 Oct 2016 Schwarzschild radius
6 Jun 2017 Scientific method Empty
31 Mar 2015 Shape_of_the_universe Empty
21 Oct 2017 Space and time
18 Aug 2017 Spacetime
21 Oct 2017 Special relativity New
25 Nov 2016 Speed of gravity
24 Nov 2016 Speed of light
31 Mar 2015 Terrell rotation
15 June 2017 Testability New
7 Feb 2016 Thorne-Hawking-Preskill bet
13 Feb 2015 Thought experiment
18 Aug 2012 Threads and Threading
13 Feb 2015 Time dilation
4 Nov 2018 Time_in_physics New
13 Feb 2015 Twin paradox Empty
11 Dec 2014 Travelling Salesman Problem
8 Jan 2017 Uncertainty Principle Heisenberg "New"
9 Dec 2014 Universe


More to Read

MIT Technology Review The decline of Wikipedia By Tom Simonite on October 22, 2013. With 312 Comments

Reflection

Many articles start with a lack of definition or the defintion is not clear. When you do that with may contributors to write a good conherent article, is very difficult. The overall result for certain articles is mediocre.

Suppose for a certain subject there is an issue which raises doubts with the main opinion, what will happen? If one side wants to expresses this new opinion the other side will modify it and so on. Finally one side will give up. That means it becomes very difficult to express a different opinion and or to improve science from a different angle.
Possible solutions are: to express both opinions, to have a moderator or to have an editor?


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