During the Spring (southern hemisphere) of 2020 I’m teaching Introduction to Quantum Computing. In these Covid-19 times, the class is completely online. Hence a perfect time to flip the classroom. The lecture notes are being blogged over on Medium: https://link.medium.com/3yBRyT6eZ8
I suppose I should start with who I am and what I do and perhaps why I am here in front of you. But I’m not going to do that, at least not yet. I don’t want to stand here and list all my accomplishments so that you may be impressed and that would convinceContinue reading “My Speech to 500 Australian Teenage Schoolboys About Mathematics”
We are quantum drunks under the lamp post—we are only looking at stuff that we can shine photons on.
Something I lost sight of for a long time is the reason I study physics, or the reason I started studying it anyway. I got into it for no reason other than it was an exciting application of mathematics. I was in awe, not of science, but of the power of mathematics. Now there areContinue reading “The point of physics”
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!”
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).
“Mathematics is the language of the universe.” — every science popularizer ever
For the first time, physicists have found a new fundamental state of cow, challenging the current standard model. Coined the cubic cow, the ground-breaking new discovery is already re-writing the rules of physics. A team of physicists at Stanford and Harvard University have nothing to do with this but you are probably already impressed byContinue reading “Milking a new theory of physics”
I make jokes. I do scientist. I make jokes while doing science.