In early 2011, Science devoted a special issue to the impact big data is having on science. A series of articles described the role that the increased ease and affordability of collecting new streams of data are likely to have on individual disciples ranging from astronomy to genetics to ecology.
There may be few things in America more steeped in tradition than baseball. But despite its long roots, the sport is way ahead of the curve in the use of data.
Predicting the weather is something human beings have been trying to do since we were planting seeds in the Stone Age. Human understanding of the weather and seasons guides when we plant and when we harvest; when we hunt and when store food for the winter; when we travel and when we stick close to home.