This is an interesting article
Pupil found paper of head of a research facility, about the next generation search engine. At the time of the writing it was not feasible mainly due to network bandwith constraints. Pupil cleverly implemented the idea salvaging his existing broadband account, and now everybody's abuzz.
What struck me about this is that said pupil not only implemented the whole thing from scratch, he also found a way to cleverly implement the new features in a way that is feasible today. And all he needed was a describtion of the idea.
Amazing feat! It will not surprise you much that the pupil used python for this. In face of this, I suspect that under the right conditions python's not only more productive, but by orders of magnitude so.