There are many reasons why computers are so important in scientific research and here are some of the main reasons:
- Speed: Although calculations can be done by a human being, a computer can process numbers and information in a very short space of time. This means that time is then saved thanks to the use of the computer, leaving researchers more time to complete and conduct further research. Also, a sum that may take a person several hours to process will take a computer mere minutes, if not seconds.
- Accuracy: Computers are incredibly accurate, and like mentioned above, a calculation or piece of research that is very difficult to calculate by a human can be processed easily by a computer, delivering flawless accuracy. Accuracy is of the utmost importance in scientific research as a wrong calculation could result in an entire project/research piece being filled with incorrect information.
- Organization: When researching science, you can often be flooded with different pieces of information, calculations and notes, and with a computer, you're able to stock it all neatly and safely. By using simple folders, word processors and computer programs, you can store millions of pages of information, which are stored safe within the computer. This is a method that is significantly more productive and safer than using a paper filing system in which anything can be easily misplaced, therefore disrupting research.
- Consistency: As a computer is a machine, it cannot make mistakes through "tiredness" or fatigue or lack of concentration which humans can sometimes suffer with when working. This trait alone makes the computer exceptionally important to the world of scientific research.