Category: Book Reviews

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

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

Review of “Quantum Chance” by Nicolas Gisin

“Quantum Chance” (Springer, 2014) by Nicolas Gisin is a slim volume about entanglement, quantum nonlocality, and the Bell experiment.  (The book was originally published in French in 2012; this review is of the English translation.)  Gisin is well known both for his deep interest in the foundations of quantum mechanics and for his experimental expertise. …
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