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Archives for July, 2009

Detexify Squared

A friend sent me a link to Detextify2: What is this? Anyone who works with LaTeX knows how time-consuming it can be to find a symbol in symbols-a4.pdf that you just can’t memorize. Detexify is an attempt to simplify this search. How does it work? Just draw the symbol you are looking for into the…

Solid State Quantum Job

David Poulin sends me a job announcement for quantum information processing in the solid state at the University of Sherbrooke: Permanent position for a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) on solid state quantum information processing University of Sherbrooke is seeking candidates for a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC). The successful candidate will obtain a permanent…

Backwards Archive

Via @mattleiffer, viXra.org: In part viXra.org is a parody of arXiv.org to highlight Cornell University’s unacceptable censorship policy. It is also an experiment to see what kind of scientific work is being excluded by the arXiv. But most of all it is a serious and permanent e-print archive for scientific work. Unlike arXiv.org tt [sic]…

Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva website is up. Project Tuva is a collection of seven searchable Feynman lectures aimed at a popular audience (with extras coming online in the future.) The rights to these lectures were obtained by Bill Gates after he was entranced by them over twenty years ago. Well worth watching, especially if you’re…

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Like Space Camp, But Quantized

A friend sent me a link to QuantumCamp: Have you ever wondered how the microscopic Universe works? QuantumCamp is a one week journey through this strange but beautiful world – seeing nothing less than how every atom in our universe is working! We begin with Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table of the elements. We move from…

Humor as a Guide to Research

Over at the optimizer’s blog, quantum computing’s younger clown discusses some pointers for giving funny talks. I can still vividly remember the joke I told in my very first scientific talk. I spent the summer of 1995 in Boston at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (photo of us interns) working on disproving a theory about the…

The report from the Workshop on Quantum Information Science has now been posted. Color commentary soon

Among the winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers this year I find a few familiar quantum names: Sean Hallgren (poor Sean was forced to share an office me at Caltech), Adam Smith, and Jason Petta. +10 tenure points awarded. Via @fortnow.

The arXiv is a game changer for how large portions of physics (and increasingly other fields) are done. Paul Ginsparg won a MacArthur award for his vision and stewardship of the arXiv (something other institutions might want to note when they decide that someone trying to change how science is done isn’t really doing work…