Gaël Varoquaux

Tue 08 December 2009

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General relativity, quantum physics, freely-falling planes and Bayesian statistics

We’re famous: the work that concluded my PhD is now picked up by the press http://www.physorg.com/news179481148.html

I hadn’t realized before reading this journalist’s version of the story, but we have all the proper buzz words:

  • general relativity
  • quantum physics
  • freely-falling planes
  • Bayesian statistics.

This kind of stuff makes great headlines, but the way we are judged on this “success” is actually harmful (I believe), as there is so much interesting research that lies away of the trendy words and that needs to be done.

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