[PHOTO] Peter Shor

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Please see the websites for my courses.


A very out-of-date version of my publications list. I haven't updated it for years.
A list of some of my papers. These were available electonically at my ATT website, and I've put some of them up on this website. The newer ones are mainly on the arXiv. If there's one that you want that I don't have up, please email me.
My PhD thesis (scanned in) is here.


My mathematical research is currently mainly in quantum computing and quantum information theory, but I am also interested in (and have in the past worked in) algorithms, computational geometry, combinatorics, and probability theory.

Other Stuff

You can see why I chose a career as a scientist rather than as a poet.

I've also posted some less frivolous poetry.
Here are three poems I wrote about books by George R.R. Martin.
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'm posting 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 here (with some typos fixed 02-08-02). The homework problems are here.

I often get asked what are some good reference material about quantum computation. A good textbook is Nielsen and Chuang. Good course notes at the web are available from John 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 a book.

Past Courses:

For my recent courses, I have used MIT's Stellar course management system. My older courses are archived here.