Saturday, December 3, 2011

Andy Yao: the atom whisperer

Andy Yao visited Brown this week.

He gave a talk about quantum computing, ending with a slide on "What makes great science". His answer was poetic; he apologized for being a romantic, then said: we are learning the language of atoms. Once we understand their language, we will whisper a computational problem into their ear (?), and watch them do an elegant dance to perform the computation. After a few minutes the answer will appear.

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