The Quantum Pontiff

What a graduate student at UW discovered when searching for Kitaev’s paper on anyons:


  1. #1 Geordie
    September 3, 2008

    Considering that anyons don’t actually exist, Google’s response actually makes a lot of sense.

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    September 3, 2008

    Well, maybe they do.

  3. #3 Geordie
    September 3, 2008

    That’s a stretch!

  4. #4 RBarnes
    September 4, 2008

    Google has made several things possible for anyone that were previously pretty niche. Google Earth, SketchUp, Jabber chat, … exploration of Mars. Maybe this is just they’re latest Google Labs product. If they’re smart, they’ll use the obvious catchy name: Google Fusion (beta).

  5. #5 Dave Bacon
    September 4, 2008

    A stretch, yes. But the box tightens a bit, I think, with that experiment. What odds would you give me for evidence of anyons in the next decade? (I’m sure your VCs would support the bet. Wait, I can’t play at that level 🙂 )

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