von Neumann celebrations

Posted 6th October 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: Meetings, Quantum

I think I might have mentioned before that von Neumann is a bit of a hero of mine.  I transferred my affections from Feynman as soon as I was old enough to realize how much exaggeration must be involved in the “Surely you’re joking” stories.  Sure, von Neumann may have made a mistake about hidden variable theories, but we are talking about a guy who gave us the first rigorous formulation of quantum theory, made major contributions to game theory and invented the modern computer architecture, so I’m willing to cut him some slack on that point.

Anyway, I thought I’d just mention the workshop at Princeton to mark 50 years since von Neumann’s death and 75 years since the publication of his book on quantum theory.  Looks like there were many interesting talks.

Fqxi article

Posted 5th October 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: Quantum, Web

A popular article about my fqxi project has just appeared on the fqxi community page.  Download it here.

Intelligent Models?

Posted 3rd October 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: advert, plagarism, Quantum


This could not go without comment. Via Shtetl Optimized.

3 Month visit opportunity for a graduate student

Posted 28th August 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: advert, Quantum

There is an opportunity for a graduate student to visit Perimeter Institute for a 3 month period to work with me on a technical project in Quantum Foundations. The main idea is to give students who are interested in quantum foundations, but working in other fields for their grad studies, the opportunity to take a break and think about quantum theory seriously for a short period. The position is funded by FQXi under my project “Abstract Quantum Probability” and the project would be selected by mutual agreement from one of the topics covered by the grant.

Funding will be provided, but the exact amount depends on Canadian immigration issues, i.e. we can only provide subsistence expenses (travel, accommodation and a per-diem for meals) to non-Canadian residents. The visit can take place at any time during the year, depending on what is most convenient for the student and myself.

If you are interested then please send your CV, a short (one or two paragraph) explanation of why you would like to visit PI and a letter of recommendation from your advisor to me at this address. There is no official deadline for applications and the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. However, I expect there will be enough applications to make a decision by the end of September.

For further details of the possible areas of research for this project, please see the reading list below.

Back into the swing

Posted 15th August 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: Uncategorized

After a brief lack of blogging inspiration I’m hoping to get back into the swing, starting with this post over at fqxi on a recent Workshop.

Latest fqxi post

Posted 11th June 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: Uncategorized

View my latest post on the fqxi forums here.

Quantum Foundations Resources

Posted 14th May 2007 by Matthew Leifer
Categories: Blog Admin, Quantum, Web

Since I get asked a lot, I have added a collection of links to resources on quantum foundations to the About page.  Any suggestions for additions will be gratefully received, especially if you know of any good quality popular talks that can be viewed online.

P.S.  In case you were thinking of asking, neither “The Tao of Physics” or “What The Bleep Do We Know?” are ever going to be added.


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