Category Archives: Quantum research

General probabilistic theories and meta-theoretical knowledge

The vast body of scientific knowledge is a whole divided into three parts, or layers. The first falls under the name of empirical knowledge, and includes the descriptions and the results of all experiments ever attempted. The second part comprises … Continue reading

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Quantum Roundabout 2018

Quantum Roundabout 2018 was the fourth iteration of a series of dedicated conferences looking at foundational mathematical topics within quantum physics. The etymology of the conference stems from the so called “Magic Roundabout” on the outskirts of Swindon. This roundabout … Continue reading

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Using a genetic algorithm to design quantum experiments

How can we design experiments in quantum physics? Generally, the strategy involves using the vast knowledge amassed by quantum physics researchers and combining this with our intuitions and our creativity. This method has been fantastically successful over the years and … Continue reading

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A spectrum of resources: from hot to quantum

How much coal do I need to put into my steam engine to get to Glasgow? How efficient can I make my power station? What’s the best way to cool down a cup of tea? The fundamental answers to these … Continue reading

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What does quantum mechanics tell us about reality?

In this blog post I will introduce a core philosophical issue at the heart of quantum mechanics, and some of the most popular resolutions to this problem. This will be a non-technical introduction – I will try to avoid jargon … Continue reading

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Do not get discouraged by the struggles of academia. There are plenty of success stories!

I have recently been appointed to the the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (in short, J. Phys. A).  J. Phys. A is a highly respected journal with a long history of seminal contributions to mathematical and theoretical physics, belonging … Continue reading

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Understanding resources in the quantum world

If you have ever asked a quantum researcher about their subject, you will have realised that our first response is to tell you that the quantum world is weird, spooky, and counter-intuitive. It cannot be explained easily because we only … Continue reading

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