Tag: quantum foundations

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

Book Review: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics by Travis Norsen (Springer, 2017)

I want to start this review with what I liked most and least about Norsen’s new textbook. The premise of this book is to present a story of quantum physics to undergraduate-level students that directly faces up to the conceptual difficulties of the theory and its interpretation, rather than brushing them under the rug with…
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May 14, 2018 0

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

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

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