The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for September, 2009

Quantum Postdocs and Beyond

Well it seems that it is that time of year again when grad students and postdocs begin to think about job applications. Last year I had the great pleasure of going through the process (yet one more time!) so yes, I feel your pain. But, at least on the postdoc side of equation for quantum…

Note the new location (updated 9/28/09) The Optimizer is coming to town, which is always fun: TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm, Tuesday, September 29, 2009 PLACE: CSE 305 SPEAKER: Scott Aaronson (MIT) TITLE: Quantum Money ABSTRACT: Ever since there’s been money, there have been people trying to counterfeit it, and governments trying to stop them. In a…

Over at Asymptotia, Len Adleman (the A in RSA, founder of DNA computation (but not the A in DNA!), and a discoverer of the APR primality testing algorithm) has a guest post about the foundations of quantum theory. Len suggests, if I understand him correctly, that one should attempt to understand the uncertainty arising in…

New D-Wave CEO?

Hm, looks like D-wave has a new CEO. Not sure when this occurred (?), but a reader sends along an email with an announcement from a recruiting (?) firm: Lonergan Partners is pleased to announce that Vern Brownell has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of D-Wave Systems…. Vern Brownell joins D-Wave from Egenera,…

QIP 2010 and CSQ 2010

Two conferences. Renato Renner sends along a note about QIP 2010. The paper submission deadline is one month away: QIP 2010 will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, January 18-22. The submission deadline for contributed talks is 22 October 2009. For more information, please see http://www.qip2010.ethz.ch We look forward to welcoming you to Zurich, the organizers…

UW 16, USC 13

Note from the weekend: nothing feels better than beating USC

Netflix Prize Awarded

The Netflix prize for movie rankings has been awarded with the winner being BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos. This is very cool, but since it’s Monday I think we need a good dose of reality. So here is the first comment on the New York Times Bit blog: This sounds like an interesting project, but they ought…

LHC Director-General Interview

Get your daily dose of physics geekery–an interview with LHC director-general Rolf-Dieter Heuer– I need to learn to use “symmetry breaking” in my everyday speech.

Gell-Mann on Conventional Wisdom

Via Asymptotia, an interview with Murray Gell-Mann (who just turned 80. Happy Birthday Murray!) I particularly like the comments at the end of the article: Battles of new ideas against conventional wisdom are common in science, aren’t they? It’s very interesting how these certain negative principles get embedded in science sometimes. Most challenges to scientific…

Talk on Economics, Beauty, and Math

Those of you interested in the recent debate over math, beauty, economics, and Paul Krugman, and who are in New York on Oct 5 might be interested in a talk by Eric Weinstein at Columbia: We will be taking a position opposite to the Claim of Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman: “As I see it, the…