The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for July, 2008

Computer Science “Futures”

Ed Lazowska has penned an article over at the CCC blog about the state of computer science enrollments which is well worth reading.

There are many paths to take if you are interested in doing fundamental physics research in hopes of discovering the secrets of the universe (awkward phrasing there: this makes the universe is like the Bush administration, I guess?) Here are my three favorite ways to do fundamental theoretical physics.

An interesting interview with Christos Papadimitriou (recent winner of the Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence) on Dr. Dobb’s Journal. On chess and backgammon: In chess, when you play like an idiot, you always lose, so you learn. In backgammon, you can play 10 games, not play well, and win. So you think you are great…

Devilish Dice Games

A new entry in the best title ever competition appeared last week on the arXiv: arXiv:0806.4874 Why devil plays dice? Authors: Andrzej Dragan Abstract: Principle of Relativity involving all, not only subluminal, inertial frames leads to the disturbance of causal laws in a way known from the fundamental postulates of Quantum Theory. We show how…

Against the Stereotype

After reading the comments on my post Leaving Academia: Cry or Celebrate?, I started thinking about the successful scientists I know, and it occurred to me that the following conjecture is at least anecdotally true: Scientists who have passionate outside interests are more successful in science than those who do not. Okay, hows that for…

Red Eye: A drink made from beer and tomato juice, drunk by Canadians A kind of cicada. Tomato ketchup. Or is it catsup? A European fish, the rudd, Leuciscus erythrophthalmus. I was once a rudd, of a different kind. What Dave will be doing tonight to get to the East coast. BINGO! From the OED:…

QIP 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

I can taste the green chilies and after conference ski trip already: QIP 2009 — 12th WORKSHOP ON QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. January 12-16, 2009. http://qipworkshop.org ………………………………………………………. First call for papers ………………………………………………………. IMPORTANT DATES: Submission deadline for talks: October 20, 2008, 23:59 GMT. Acceptance notification for talks: November 20, 2008. Submission…

Occupational Arrows of Time

One of the subjects of great debate in physics goes under the moniker of “the arrow of time.” The basic debate here is (very) roughly to try to understand why time goes it’s merry way seemingly in one direction, especially given that the many of the laws of physics appear to behave the same going…