Time for another bet!
As you may know, things are getting interesting. At first, a team of physicists claimed to see neutrinos travel from Switzerland to Italy 60 nanoseconds faster than light—but the machine made pulses of neutrinos lasting longer than that, so the whole experiment was dangerously tricky.
Now, it’s making pulses as short as 3 nanoseconds, and those physicists still see them arriving 60 nanoseconds early!
• Tomasso Dorigo, OPERA confirms: neutrinos travel faster than light!!, 17 November 2011.
This seems to have emboldened Curtis Faith, who wrote:
Care to take on another bet John?
I’d be willing to bet you:
• Two days of my time doing anything you choose within my areas of expertise.
• Two days of your time doing anything I choose within your areas of expertise.
For simplicity, we could assume the same criteria for determining the winner as your existing bet.
Hi, Curtis! In principle I’m willing to take that bet… but I’m just curious, what sort of things might you want me to do? What sort of things might I want you to do?
I don’t want you to say I need to dig a ditch in your backyard. I don’t mind digging ditches too much, but I don’t really want to fly over to your place to do it, especially since if I lose my bet to Frederik I may be allowed just one round-trip flight for a year.
Seriously, I’m actually curious about what I can do, that you would value, that I’m not already doing.
It would be really mean of me to take your only flight. Besides, it seems to me that your expertise is probably not ditch digging.
I was thinking that I’d probably come over to Singapore (or Riverside) with my wife and spend the two days learning from you how to take some ideas that I’ve been working on forward. Getting advice for what sort of math I’d need to develop the ideas, where to learn more, prior work that might be relevant that I don’t know about that you might, etc. I’m guessing it would be the sort of discussions you have with graduate students but with someone who doesn’t have the same level of math skills (yet).
Since this is a very mild penalty, I said okay. We just need to write up an official contract here.
Okay: it’s your move, Curtis.