Speaker: David Mermin
Affiliation: Dept. of Physics, Cornell University
Date: 8/31/00
Time and Location: 4:15pm, B17 Upson Hall
Title: How Quantum Mechanics Alters the Nature of Computation


As the Ithaca Journal recently noted (August 22, 2000), a computer based on strictly quantum mechanical principles can profoundly alter the nature of computation. In this colloquium, a somewhat tardy advertisement for my Fall 2000 course CS483-Phys481 (Tuesday and Thursday, 1:25-2:15, Rockefeller 122), I will attempt to do something as amazing as a quantum computation: explain in one hour to people who know no quantum mechanics how a quantum computer executes the simplest of its miraculous tricks.