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Leaving MIT and the Stata center

This blog has been left in a little bit of a hibernation mode these past few months (well…how to the Eskimos call it, when the duration of nighttime so much overtakes the duration of daytime?). I’ll spare you the usual … Continue reading

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Simons workshop on quantum Hamiltonian complexity

As many of you might know already, Berkeley recently won the competition for the establishment of a Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. The institute is initially funded for 10 years and will mostly be running semester-long programs in … Continue reading

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Where on earth?

Guess. PS1: This is modeled on a very nice series that’s been running for years now at http://www.berkeleyside.com/tag/where-in-berkeley/. Of course this post is easy, but just as berkeleyside did I’ll try to put some tougher ones up in the future! … Continue reading

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FOCS 2012

FOCS 2012 just took place in New Brunswick, and it was a lot of fun. Instead of commenting on the food, which was already debated enough on site, here are a few randomly selected highlights from the talks. Constructive Discrepancy … Continue reading

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It happens in real life too

Everyone’s heard one of these legendary horror stories, in which this weird-looking guy at the back of the room sleeps through your whole Ph.D. dissertation talk…but when question time comes, stands up, and asks whether you’ve heard of the work … Continue reading

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Morning ride

Early morning, just off the minuteman… And a little later in Lincoln. It’s not obvious from the picture, but the sun is only about to show up! When are we switching to daylight wasting time, that I get my sunrise … Continue reading

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Almost!

The Physics Nobel prize has just been announced. It goes to Serge Haroche and David Wineland, “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”. Not quite Aspect’s experiments on nonlocality, but not too far either…in any … Continue reading

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A good year for nonlocality?

I just started reading a beautiful paper by Ben Reichardt, Falk Unger, and Umesh Vazirani that recently appeared on the arXiv, with the tongue-in-cheek title “A classical leash for a quantum system” (and the maybe less entertaining subtitle “Command of … Continue reading

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A day at the beach

Revere beach (East Boston) was, in 1895, the first “public beach” to open in the US.  Easy access by the railroad and an intense amusement park (including this — the world’s tallest roller-coaster for 40 years straight!) apparently made it … Continue reading

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