Stupefying Summer Small Talk – WSJ

The loudmouth at the cocktail party was on a roll. “We need to move the Overton window about the Tullock paradox.” Heads nodded in agreement, but most, like me, were clueless. Summer social season is here but our conversation skills are rusty and crusty. After 15...

What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

Quantum computers, you might have heard, are magical uber-machines that will soon cure cancer and global warming by trying all possible answers in different parallel universes. For 15 years, on my blog and elsewhere, I’ve railed against this cartoonish vision, trying...