Quantum Thought Leaders

I’m thinking of writing a novel where human civilization is threatened by a global pandemic, and is then almost singlehandedly rescued by one man … a man who reigned for decades as the world’s prototypical ruthless and arrogant tech billionaire, but who was then transformed by the love of his... Read more
Published on: 2020-04-05
It was my pleasure to talk again with Tonya Hall of ZDNet about quantum computing and, in particular, my book Dancing with Qubits. You can… Continue readingTonya Hall and I talk about quantum computing and Dancing with Qubits The post Tonya Hall and I talk about quantum computing and Dancing... Read more
Published on: 2020-04-02
On Feb. 4, a friend sent me an email that read, in part: Dr. A,What do you make of this coronavirus risk? … I don’t know what level of precaution is necessary!  Please share your view.   This was the first time that I’d been prompted to give this subject... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-31
Sometimes, experimental results spark enormous curiosity inspiring a myriad of questions and ideas for further experimentation. In 2004, Geim and Novoselov, from The University of Manchester, isolated a single layer of graphene from bulk graphite with the “Scotch Tape Method” … Continue reading →... Read more
AbstractAlgebra.jl · AbstractAlgebra.jl “AbstractAlgebra.jl is a computer algebra package for the Julia programming language, maintained by William Hart, Tommy Hofmann, Claus Fieker and Fredrik Johansson… Continue readingThings I’m Reading on 03/21/2020 The post Things I’m Reading on 03/21/2020 appeared first on Robert Sutor.... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-21
So far, I confess, this pandemic is not shaping up for me like for Isaac Newton. It’s not just that I haven’t invented calculus or mechanics: I feel little motivation to think about research at all. Or to catch up on classic literature or films … or even to shower,... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-18
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, I’d cancel the rest of the … Continue reading →... Read more
Scott’s foreword: This week Steve Ebin, a longtime Shtetl-Optimized reader (and occasional commenter) from the San Francisco tech world, sent me the essay below. Steve’s essay fit too well with my own recent thoughts, and indeed with this blog’s title, for me not to offer to share it here—and to... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-12
In this blog’s now 15-year-history, at Waterloo and then MIT and now UT Austin, I’ve tried to make it clear that I blog always as Scott, never as Dr. Aaronson of Such-and-Such Institution. (God knows I’ve written a few things that a prudent dean might prefer that I hadn’t—though if... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-10
Many people have suggested coating handles, doorknobs and so forth with virus-killing copper tape. It’s a shame that this isn’t being tried on a wider scale. In the meantime, though, here’s a related but different idea that I had last night. Imagine we could coat every doorknob, every light switch,... Read more
Published on: 2020-03-06