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Editor's Note: Dr. Chandni Usha is an IQIM postdoctoral scholar working with Prof. Eisenstein. We asked her to describe her experience as an IQIM fellow. Just another day at work! When I look back at how I ended up here, I find myself in a couple of metastable states. Every state pushed me [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:39-08:00October 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments

John Preskill and the dawn of the entanglement frontier

Editor's Note: John Preskill's recent election to the National Academy of Sciences generated a lot of enthusiasm among his colleagues and students. In an earlier post today, famed Stanford theoretical physicist, Leonard Susskind, paid tribute to John's early contributions to physics ranging from magnetic monopoles to the quantum mechanics of black holes. In this post, [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:42-08:00May 22nd, 2014|News, Reflections|1 Comment

Of magnetic monopoles and fast-scrambling black holes

Editor's Note: On April 29th, 2014, the National Academy of Sciences announced the new electees to the prestigious organization. This was an especially happy occasion for everyone here at IQIM, since the new members included our very own John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics and regular blogger on this site. A request [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:42-08:00May 22nd, 2014|News, Reflections|8 Comments

Talking quantum mechanics with second graders

“What’s the hardest problem you’ve ever solved?” Kids focus right in. Driven by a ruthless curiosity, they ask questions from which adults often shy away. Which is great, if you think you know the answer to everything a 7 year-old can possibly ask you... Two Wednesdays ago, I was invited to participate in three Q&A [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:43-08:00April 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Can a game teach kids quantum mechanics?

Five months ago, I received an email and then a phone call from Google's Creative Lab Executive Producer, Lorraine Yurshansky. Lo, as she prefers to be called, is not your average thirty year-old. She has produced award-winning short films like Peter at the End (starring Napoleon Dynamite, aka Jon Heder), launched the wildly popular Maker [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:49-08:00October 17th, 2013|News, Reflections|31 Comments

The Feynman flower

Since I met Sean Carroll about a year ago, my life has changed for the better. In particular, I started following his wife @JenLucPiquant on Twitter and began reading her Scientific American blog, Cocktail Party Physics, a great place to get the latest news on physics - with a twist. Today, through one of Mrs. [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:54-08:00May 9th, 2013|Reflections|3 Comments

An unlikely love affair

Most readers of this blog already know that when it comes to physics, I am faking it. I am a mathematician, after all, and even that is a bit of a stretch. So, what force of nature could convince me to take graduate level Quantum Mechanics during my years of pursuing a doctorate in Applied [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:54-08:00April 16th, 2013|Reflections|6 Comments