Wednesday, October 04, 2006
When George Smoot was called at 3 am by someone with a Swedish accent telling him that he had won a Noble Prize for Physics, he thought this might be a prank. So what did he do? He went to the Nobel Prize web site to check whether it was true. We have come to the point where a Nobel laureate trusts the World Wide Web as the definitive source of information rather than a phone call.