The benefits of the Notebook format for scientific communication are truly huge.
A tool for applied researchers
Today’s scientific research is most often computationally intensive which makes both collaboration and verification difficult. This is particularly true in the traditional “hard sciences” such as particle physics, astrophysics and applied mathematics but also in the newer “hard sciences” such as biology, geology and finance, business or sociology.
Let people comunicate easily
Notebooks authorize a much more efficient and user friendly environment for research labs. Instead of exchanging stale packages of PDF documents, data and result printouts which are virtually impossible to reassemble effectively for verification purposes, notebooks enable a much easier verification process where the reviewer may seamlessly move from concept to procedure to results and eventually challenge assumptions along the way to validate the pertinence and scientificity of what is presented.
Notebooks and Education
Notebooks improve the communication between academic research and corporate R&D or science & technology watch functions. Those do not need to invest considerable time and resources anymore to scan research production on a conceptual basis to recreate the environment in which the results were produced in order to validate its pertinence with proprietary data or required amendments. With notebooks, it is possible to test ab initio for robustness and applicability. This shift has induced a reappraisal of the academic research funding budget and has considerably altered the density of exchanges between academic research and corporations.
Notebooks authorize a reinvention of undergraduate and graduate textbooks. Students do not need to skip from text presentation to applications as they are integrated in a single interactive document. Group works are much more user-friendly on cloud based notebooks. The integration of coding in scientific education comes naturally and the coding part of assignments or projects is at least partially assessed automatically.