Homeopathic E-Mail

Can the memory of molecules be transmitted via the Internet?

Nobel laureate Brian Josephson was incensed. He had just read a column by physicist Robert Park poking fun at the work of a French biologist who maintains that the benefits of homeopathic medicine can be transmitted electronically. Josephson, who since winning the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics has developed an interest in fringe sciences, fired off an e-mail challenge to Park, who promptly responded. Their exchange could lead to the first rigorous test of one of the world's most widely practiced alternative therapies.

Homeopathy, simply defined, is a system for treating diseases with highly diluted solutions of substances that in large...