Happy Halloween! We escaped the cold in Canada and are now back in Australia, ready for second summer 😁 Eureka! The big aha! moment was seeing how much stories resonate with parents! Over the past year and a half, I’ve been reading from Rocket Science for Babies and doing some paper activities (paper airplanes, demonstratingContinue reading “Journal | October 2018”
It was a busy month of extra-curriculars, making the most of our last weeks in Canada before returning to greet the Aussie summer. Eureka! The big aha! moment was finally understanding the pleas to remove “for babies” from the titles of the Baby University books. On 17 September I visited two elementary schools in theContinue reading “Journal | September 2018”
Two new papers were recently posted on the arXiv with my first two official PhD students since becoming a faculty member! The earlier paper is titled Efficient online quantum state estimation using a matrix-exponentiated gradient method by Akram Youssry and the more recent paper is Minimax quantum state estimation under Bregman divergence by Maria Quadeer.Continue reading “New papers dance!”
You can’t prove 1 is, or is not, prime. You have the freedom to choose whether to include 1 as a prime or not and this choice is either guided by convenience or credulity.
As we approach the peak of the second hype cycle of quantum computing, I thought it might be useful to consider the possible analogies to other technological timelines of the past. Here are three. Considered Realism We look most like Lovelace and Babbage, historical figures before their time. That is, many conceptual, technological, and societalContinue reading “Quantum computing worst case scenario: we are Lovelace and Babbage”
A snarky academic joke which might actually be interesting (but still a snarky joke).
Everyone knows you need to microwave your avocados to release their quantum memory effects.
“Mathematics is the language of the universe.” — every science popularizer ever
Wow. It doesn’t take long for a blog to get neglected, does it? Let’s make an easy transition back in and start with a listicle. Here I am going list 5 books that we like which are suited to the 3–6 age range and encourage abstract thinking. This won’t be your typical reading experience. ThereContinue reading “5 Picture Books that Encourage Abstract Thinking”
The picture of the world presented in children’s books today is a baby boomer’s fairy tale.