- the archetipal experiment in discussions over science fundamentals: this is First Law of Thermodynamics, or energy conservation! It’s as close as it gets to alchemists turning vile metals into gold.
- the archetipal experiment in playing with media on a infinitesimally likely gold egg-laying duck. (Note the smart thought of choosing a unique enough name that will tag everything they touch on any search engine worth its salt).
In sum, it feels exactly like the opening page of a Science Fiction short story of the Sixties. We are all dreaming of being in one, whatever we think of it – such short stories, indeed, came into both the miracle invention and the hoax version.
Thanks to "The Economist" for taking the ad.