September 4, 2003

· Internet

There’s an old law of software development that says every application expands to the point where it can read mail. A little-known corollary is that Google can always do more than you think.

For example, try searching for expressions like 213 ∗ 718, or 76 kilos in pounds, or even (G ∗ mass of Earth) / (radius of Earth^2). Amazing. Wait till Brad DeLong hears about it…

Update: Naturally, the google calculator also knows the answer to life, the universe and everything. (Hat tip: Geek Notes.)

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I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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