Quantum Bayesian Networks

August 17, 2011

Why be a Physics Castrato When You Could be a Tenor or a Soprano?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 8:47 pm

You could have been a contender.

If you had chosen to sing in the opera of quantum information theory, you could have sung as beautifully as Luciano Pavarotti or Maria Callas (La Divina). But instead you chose String Theory.

At one point, the public thought you were one of the greatest tenors or sopranos in the history of mankind. You totally agreed. You still think it’s true. But with ZERO evidence for supersymmetry in the LHC data, the fickle, ungrateful public is growing weary of your voice and comparing your futile, impotent yelps and whines to those of a castrato.

Alas, your elegant universe is no more, at least in America. The Fermilab Tevatron is not long for this world. And what is to become of Fermilab’s Wilson building, that imposing, inspiring grand opera house for particle physics? Its Lambda profile /\ could be turned overnight into a W profile by the simple expedient of building a tower on each side of the Lambda. Would make a nice W-almart. Much needed in Batavia, Illinois, in these hard times.

So what if we find “God’s particle”? Mere spectroscopy. Verifying “spectra” predicted by a theory that is old hat by now. Instead, you could be building God’s computer, the Vatican’s computer, i.e., a quantum computer. Imagine owning your own QC and programming it to do kooky things. The audience would love it. Bravo!! Bravo!! Bellissimo!!

“You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, Charley, let’s face it.”
Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in the film “On the Waterfront” (1954)


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