The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for December, 2008

Worldview Manager Hits Prime Time

The Optimizer ideas on Worldview Manager gets written up in Forbes. The program will work by showing users a list of statements about a topic and then asking them how strongly they agree or disagree with each. At the end, the system will present users with a list of the statements they endorsed that contradict…

Laser Cooler Next Energy Secretary

Well I’m sure the physics blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Steven Chu is expected to be named by President-elect Obama to head the Department of Energy. Wait let me look. Yep: heisendad, varyingsean, chunothsu, angryphysicist, nanodude, lubotic, toinfinityandbeyond and thedeterminantsnotzero. (OK that last comes from non-physicists, but I couldn’t resist a linear algebra…

Physics Based License Plates

Via Zz, a link to Symmetry Breaking’s list of physics based license plates. Sweet I’ll have to submit my old California plates: If there is one thing I will regret in life it is that I missed one of the most “terrifiq” opportunities of all time. While I was at the Santa Fe Institute, I…

SqUiNt Deadline Squarely In Your Face

Reminder: the deadline for the registration for the SquInT conference (to be held in sunny partially sunny cloudy rainy Seattle) is this Friday, Dec 12. See here.

A Bit Unclear on History

Guffaw! Mr. Blagojevich seemed not to mind earlier news reports that his conversations had been recorded. “I should say if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it,” he said, though he added that those who carried out such recordings sneakily, “I would remind them that it kind of…

Damn You Thomas Jefferson!

A while back I added my library to librarything.com. In adding this books I tagged my books with various keywords. As you can imagine there were a lot tagged as “physics.” Indeed when I entered the books there were only a few people who had a comparable number of physics tags, among them a user…

In this era of the impending apocalypse, what the hell is a report about United States students actually showing gains in mathematics doing in the New York Times? Dude, media, get on message and send us some more doom and gloom! I especially need more gloom here in Seattle where the sun rises at 7:47…

Schools Out For Winter

The final has been administered:

News from the other coast: MIT has won an IGERT to start an interdisciplinary graduate program in quantum information science. From the press release: MIT has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a pioneering doctoral-study program in the growing field of quantum information science (QIS), which has evolved…

Reviews of a Skewering Kind

Robert Ebert: Win Ben Stein’s Mind. Peter R. Saulson: Review of “Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture” by Alan Sokal