Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Battle of the Brains

Speaking of quantum theorist Seth Lloyd, here (50 min video) is a funny BBC program called Battle of the Brains in which he outperforms six other brainiacs on a variety of tests :-) When I asked him about it, he downplayed his success, noting that the kinds of puzzles he was asked to solve are similar to what theoretical physicists do every day.

BBC: Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flyers in their field - a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader. Each is put through a series of tests to discover who is the most intelligent.

Seth's talk the other evening on Quantum Biology was fantastic, but he used the blackboard so there won't be any slides posted online.

1 comment:

Max said...

Interesting part about Seth Lloyd : out of his 17 relatives, 16 were/are professors, his is distant relative of Bertrand Russel. Now what did you say about regression to the mean again :) Intelligence is genetic. Its primary and most important factor. It does not happen by pure chance and largely based on the quality of your DNA, your children will be reasonable smart, as were your parents , I can say that with high confidence even though all I know about you is that your are physics professor

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