I often get asked what are some good reference material about quantum
A good textbook for quantum computation is
Nielsen and Chuang.
A good textbook for quantum information theory is
Good course notes at the web are available from
Preskill, which may eventually become a book, and from
Umesh Vazirani. I
previously had a link to David Mermin's course notes as well, but these
don't seem to be on the web anymore. They've been turned into
Here is a quantum
computing limerick I wrote (and Volker Strassen's reply to it).
And here is my reply to the famous self-referential limerick about the guy from Japan.
I've also posted some less frivolous poetry:
Here are three poems I wrote about books by George R.R. Martin.
Here is An Agnostic Physicist Muses Upon the Dawn, an original poem. Here is Landscape with Redwoods, Snake, and California Poppies, an original poem.
And here is a nonsense-style poem inspired by a book by another of my favorite authors, the late Gene Wolfe.
Here is my translation of Alphonse de Lamartine's poem L'isolement.
Here is my translation of Heinrich Heine's poem Die Lorelei.
Here is my translation of Charles Baudelaire's poem Le Gouffre.
And here is one of my favorite poems, by Conrad Aiken, which is virtually unknown. It's very appropriate for an Easter poem, and I posted it for Easter 2018.
I gave a talk about Minkowski's and Keller's cube tiling
conjectures, their motivations, and their eventual proof and disproof,
in the IAP Mathematics Lecture Series, on January 26, 2004. The
history of these conjectures is quite interesting, as Minkowski's original
conjecture was motivated by a question about Diophantine approximations,
but on the way to their resolutions, these conjectures mutated into questions
about tiling high dimensional spaces with cubes, about finite Abelian groups,
and about the structures of certain specific graphs.
The lecture notes are
(with some typos fixed 02-08-04).
The homework problems are
For my recent courses, I have used MIT's Stellar course management system.
My older courses are archived