The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for May, 2010

Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner has passed away at age 95. I fondly remember going back through the back issues of “Scientific American” as a kid and devouring Gardner’s “Mathematical Recreations” column (along with the similar columns written by Hofstadter and Dewdney.) If I have any mathematical skills, I probably owe a large chunk of them to some…

AQIS’10

AQIS’10 submission and registration is now open: ============================== ============================== The 10th Asian Conference on Quantum Information Science (AQIS’10) http://www.qci.jst.go.jp/aqis10/ Tutorials: August 27, 2010 Conference: August 28 – 31, 2010 The University of Tokyo, Japan Submission Deadline (2 to 10 pages): June 14 (Monday), 2010 Notification of Acceptance: July 12 (Monday), 2010 Final version (2 pages):…

Bacon Overload

Bacon has been overflowing my inbox. Some bits… Hahaha: Email and Bacon. Also: Kosher Fail. Bringing home the bacon. I bring it home every night. Your own Bacon Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who cares (enough to harden you arteries.) Then of course there is the double down. Always when you’ve got hard…

My first real visceral realization of the non-commutative nature of driving a car was the first time I tried to parallel park and attempted to pull front end first into the space.

Holy Cow!

Chris sends me arXiv:1005.1381: A Mathematical Model for the Dynamics and Synchronization of Cows Authors: Jie Sun, Erik M. Bollt, Mason A. Porter, Marian S. Dawkins Abstract: We formulate a mathematical model for daily activities of a cow (eating, lying down, and standing) in terms of a piecewise affine dynamical system. We analyze the properties…

Liquid Mountaineering

Lidar Interview

Here’s an interview with Daniel Lidar whose was the postdoc who first taught me quantum error correction (and more.) No, not that LIDAR! Note to all you job seekers, even in your darkest hours know that you have friends out there who are working to change the abysmal state of quantum computing hiring: I would…