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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…

What prefix do you use for 1027? If Austin Sendak has his way, it will be hella (also Time article here.) The diameter of the observable universe is about one hellameter. As a fellow member of the club “people from Yreka, CA who do physics,” I strongly support Austin’s idea. Indeed it now tops my…

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.

Some Quantum Events

Summer school: We would like to inform you of the upcoming 10th Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information & Research Workshop. Save the dates: July 17-30, 2010 Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC For more information, visit our website: qi10.ca Contact us: info [atatat] qi10.ca This summer school on quantum information marks the 10th…

Sonnet 59

In the New York Times today there is an interesting article about Helene Hegemann whose debut novel, “Axolotl Roadkill,” drew wide praise. You know this story: turns out that the book contains plagiarized passages (plagiarism: check, sales rising: check.) What I find fascinating about the story, however, is not this rehash of a tried and…

arXiv Funding

Missed this over the break: a facebook note about the future of funding of the arXiv. The post points to two documents of interest, the first a statement about support: …We intend to establish a collaborative business model that will engage the institutions that benefit most from arXiv — academic institutions, research centers and government…

On the Turing Away

“The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.” – E. P. Wigner Our universe, or at least our understanding of the universe, appears to allow us to see its naked underbelly only through the use…