The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for June, 2009

Summer Time

Summer doesn’t officially start here in Seattle until the fourth of July, but the summer vibe is definitely here. Which means no teaching, so it’s all research all the time. But a man cannot live by his own research alone, which leads me to the vast brain dump that is the internet. Things found…

Quantum Twitter

Is Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Information the first quantum institute to have a twitter feed? Update: @WaterlooIQC tells me that no they probably aren’t the first. That title probably goes to iqoqi.

Gisin Wins Inaugural Bell Award

The Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Control (the palindromic CQIQC) recently established the John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and their Applications. And the first winner is (opening the envelope, wondering whether he will find a dead or live cat inside)….Professor Nicolas Gisin from the Université de Genève:…

Who Will Study the Studiers?

NSF awards $400K in stimulus funding to study the impact of stimulus funding on science. Researchers at the University of Virginia get $199,951 to study the impact of stimulus funding on employment in science and engineering fields, while the University of Michigan receives $199,988 to develop a database of the investments in and outcomes of…

Old School HP Calcs on iPhone

Via @calbucci, classic HP calculators on the iPhone. Very old school geeky. HP 12c, HP 12c Platinum, and HP 15c.

Microsoft Surface Physics

Not sure what it’s good for, but heck I’d love to play with one DaVinci (Microsoft Surface Physics Illustrator) from Razorfish – Emerging Experiences on Vimeo.

Quantum Times Spring 2009

The latest issue of the newsletter of the APS topical group on Quantum Information, the Quantum Times, is now available. Of particular note is the long article summarizing the Workshop on Quantum Information Science.

An old friend from my undergrad days sent me a link to Physics discussion ends in skateboard attack: A homeless man is on trial in San Mateo County on charges that he smacked a fellow transient in the face with a skateboard as the victim was engaged in a conversation about quantum physics, authorities said…

Theorist In a Box

When I was a postdoc, I made it a habit to try to spend at least one week a year visiting Isaac Chuang’s lab at MIT. There were many reason for this, including that Ike has been a collaborator of mine, and Ken Brown, another collaborator was working as a postdoc in the lab. But…

Slow Science

The “slow movement” is a vast beast: there’s Slow Food, Slow Travel, Slow Money, and even, I kid you not, Slow Reading. These movements all begin with the premise that modern culture emphasizes ever increasing speed and convenience (cue the Eagle’s: “Listen, baby. You can hear the engine ring. We’ve been up and down this…