The Quantum Times

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

Book Review: “What is Real?” by Adam Becker

Reviewed by Travis Norsen Adam Becker’s “What is Real?” [Basic Books, New York, 2018, 370 pages] provides a carefully-researched but non-technical and popularly-accessible overview of “the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics.”  The book’s early chapters sketch the historical development of quantum mechanics, explain the challenge of understanding the iconic double-slit experiment, discuss…
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March 16, 2018 4

2018 March Meeting, Elections, and more

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the largest March Meeting in history, both in terms of overall attendance as well as representation by DQI/GQI. Thinking back to my first year as editor of The Times (back when it was a print publication), I recall publishing an overview of most of the sessions. That was in 2006…
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March 10, 2018 0

2018 DQI Election – Proposed by-laws

This year marks the first year in which we will be voting as a Division of the APS rather than as a Topical Group. As such, in addition to voting for elected positions we also must vote on changes to our by-laws. This post will include the proposed by-laws. A separate post will include the…
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January 30, 2018 0

2018 DQI Election – Candidate Statements

This year marks the first year in which we will be voting as a Division of the APS rather than as a Topical Group. As such, in addition to voting for elected positions we also must vote on changes to our by-laws. This post will include candidate statements. A separate post will include the proposed…
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January 30, 2018 0

AAV Anniversary Conference – Celebrating 30 Years of Weak Values

We cordially invite you to join us for a celebratory conference commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first paper on weak values by Aharonov, Albert and Vaidman. The conference will be held at Chapman University from March 1st – 2nd, immediately to be followed by another Chapman conference on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walks from…
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January 18, 2018 0

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Quantum Foundations

General Information The Institute for Quantum Studies within Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Foundations of Quantum Theory, beginning August 2018. Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, is ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News…
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November 14, 2017 0

Postdoctoral appointee — Physicist/Quantum Information Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore (California) is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee – Physicist specializing in the theory of quantum information technologies, particularly in atomic, molecular and optical implementations of quantum technologies. The successful candidate will be part of a team investigating various aspects of quantum information and quantum computing. Immediate work will include investigation of the robustness…
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October 10, 2017 0

Review: A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

I am somewhat embarrassed to say that, until now, I never knew all that much about Claude Shannon personally. I, of course, knew that he ostensibly “invented” information theory and I’d read sections of some of his more important work. But aside from routinely using Shannon entropy in calculations, he never much crossed my mind.…
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October 6, 2017 0

Review: Quantum Theory from First Principles, G. M. D’Ariano, G. Chiribella and P. Perinotti, Cambridge, 2017

Quantum mechanics (hereafter: QM) makes probabilistic predictions about experimental results. It is therefore natural to ask whether the formal structure of quantum theory can be arrived at from principles that can be stated in purely operational or probabilistic terms. Attempts to reconstruct QM on such a basis go all the way back to von Neumann’s…
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July 11, 2017 0

Is QBism The Future of Quantum Physics?

Is QBism The Future of Quantum Physics? Review of Hans Christian von Baeyer’s QBism: The Future of Quantum Physics Kelvin J. McQueen Department of Philosophy, Chapman University, Orange, CA, US. Contents 1 Overview 2 Can QBism resolve quantum paradoxes? 3 What does QBism tell us about reality? 4 Does QBism explain why the sun shines?…
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July 4, 2017 0