The Quantum Pontiff

Dave Bacon

Hybrid Research/IT Position at PI

Rob sends me information about an interesting new position at the Perimeter Institute (more info here): The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is looking for a Scientific IT specialist — a creative individual with experience in both scientific research and information technology (IT). This is a new, hybrid, research/IT position within the Institute, dedicated…

Customer X: Hi, D-wave? So, I hear that you have this computer that can be used to solve computationally hard problems. Oh, yes, sorry, should have said a quantum computer, my bad. Well, you know we’ve got this hard computational problem, [Editor: problem description deleted to protect identity of involved company.] So what do you…

Not True in Any Base

Yes, dear Gray Lady, you certainly sound more sophisticated when you use the word “prime number” in your newspaper. But perhaps you might want to look up the actual meaning of the word before placing those words prominently beside two times five times five.

arXiv vs snarXiv

OMG hilarious: arXiv vs. snarXiv.

Mary Beth Ruskai sends a note about a travel grant program for a quantum information theory conference in Sweden this fall: US NSF Travel Grant Program for Nordita/Mittag-Leffler Conference on Quantum Information Theory 4-8 Oct. 2010 This program will provide funds to support travel and lodging for US scientists to participate in the International Conference…

Milburn Interview

Another interview from the Science Watch special topic on quantum computing interview series: Gerard Milburn. Most interestingly is Milburn’s comments on linear optics quantum computing funding: SW: How has the field of quantum computing changed in the past decade? Where do you hope to see it go in the next? No matter what technology is…

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.