Category Archives: Society

Quantitative journalism with open data

This is the best news article I’ve seen in a while: It’s the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math … Continue reading

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A Federal Mandate for Open Science

Witness the birth of the Federal Research Public Access Act: “The Federal Research Public Access Act will encourage broader collaboration among scholars in the scientific community by permitting widespread dissemination of research findings.  Promoting greater collaboration will inevitably lead to … Continue reading

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In a move that will undoubtedly bring the US Senate to its knees, the Quantum Pontiff is going dark from 8am to 8pm EST on Jan 18 to protest SOPA, PIPA, the Research Works Act and other proposed acts of … Continue reading

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Correcting Untruths

We here at the Quantum Pontiff value truth in all its forms: theorems, lemmas, statistical inference, and hard experimental data, to name just a few. So I feel compelled to highlight the following. In his column on the New York … Continue reading

Posted in Extralusionary Intelligence, Society | 8 Comments

Missed This: New John Baez Blog

Hmm, I’m totally out of it as I missed that John Baez, who “blogged” before blogging was the incredibly hip thing to do (which lasted for exactly 2 seconds in 2006?) has a new blog, a new two year visiting … Continue reading

Posted in Physics, Science, Society | 4 Comments

CERN Physicist Arrested

A physicist at CERN has been arrested for suspicions of ties to Al Qaeda. Don’t worry I already checked and and both assured me that, so far, Al Qaeda has not managed to generate black holes that would … Continue reading Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama has been awarded an honorary degree from Arizona State University the Nobel Prize in Peace for “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” I recommend a bag of popcorn, a big soda, and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Apple Pie From Scratch

Via physicsandcake, on some days I wish I was as dorky and as elegant as Carl Sagan: Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard … Continue reading Continue reading

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Netflix Prize Awarded

The Netflix prize for movie rankings has been awarded with the winner being BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos. This is very cool, but since it’s Monday I think we need a good dose of reality. So here is the first comment on … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Computer Science, Society | 3 Comments

Worldview Manager

Scott Aaronson, Leonid Grinberg, and Louis Wasserman’s “Worldview Manager” is now live at It seems that I am not in much conflict over quantum computing So, damnit, I may be wrong, but at least I’m consistent (the hobgoblin of … Continue reading Continue reading

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