Eleven risks of marrying a quantum information scientist

Some of you may have wondered whether I have a life. I do. He’s a computer scientist, and we got married earlier this month.  Marrying a quantum information scientist comes with dangers not advertised in any Brides magazine (I assume; I’ve never opened a copy of Brides magazine). Never mind the peri...

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In the hour of darkness and peril and need

I recited the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” to myself while walking across campus last week.  A few hours earlier, I’d cancelled the seminar that I’d been slated to cohost two days later. In a few hours,...

science / science - 3 months ago

The shape of MIP* = RE

There’s a famous parable about a group of blind men encountering an elephant for the very first time. The first blind man, who had his hand on the elephant’s side, said that it was like an...

science / science - 4 months ago



Sense, sensibility, and superconductors

Jonathan Monroe disagreed with his PhD supervisor—with respect. They needed to measure a superconducting qubit, a tiny circuit in which current can flow forever. The qubit emits light, which carries information about the qubit’s state. Jonathan and Kater intensify the light using an amplifier. They’...

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