The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for March, 2010

A Real Turing Machine

Round We Go

Lest you think I’m not working:

The APS March meeting is next week as 10000 physicists invade Portland, Oregon. I hope Powell’s bookstore has stocked their science sections well! GQI, the topical group on quantum information, sponsors a good number of sessions at the meeting including sessions with invited talks, focus sessions, and general sessions. Below the fold I’m assembling a…

Posthumous ArXiv Posting

Hm, today we seem to have a posting from beyond the grave, arXiv:1003.2133: Proof of the Ergodic Theorem and the H-Theorem in Quantum Mechanics Authors: John von Neumann Abstract: It is shown how to resolve the apparent contradiction between the macroscopic approach of phase space and the validity of the uncertainty relations. The main notions…

Quantum Computing Postdoc at LPS

A theoretical condensed matter postdoc of interest to the quantum computing folks: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical Condensed Matter and Quantum Information Science at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, University of Maryland. Applications are being accepted for physics postdoctoral research positions in quantum information and device theory at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) at…

Ask a Nobel Laureate

Ever wanted to ask a Nobel Laureate in physics a question? Well here’s your chance: check out this youtube page where you can upload your own questions to Albert Fert, 2007 Nobel prize winner for Giant Magnetoresistance.

Must Resist Joke Blog Post Title

arXiv:1003.1153: Quantum Dating Market Authors: O.G. Zabaleta, C.M. Arizmendi Abstract: We consider the dating market decision problem under the quantum mechanics point of view. Quantum states whose associated amplitudes are modified by men strategies are used to represent women. Grover quantum search algorithm is used as a playing strategy. Success is more frequently obtained by…

Painful Toy

It’s like Jackass for people who can wire stuff together (via @JoeAndrieu): Happy Friday!


Congrats to OneBusAway, winners of the 2010 WTIA Industry Achievement Award for “best use of technology in the government, nonprofit or education sector”. OneBusAway was started by University of Washington students and provides real time access to transit information here in the Seattle area. I know it best through it’s iPhone app, which is by…

2010 Pi Day Contest

Scienceblogs and Serious Eats are teaming up this year for the 2010 Pi Day Bake-Off. I wonder if Mrs. Pontiff is up to defending her crown?