Information & Physics Seminar - FS19, USI

Course information


Time Room Professor

Wednesday, 15.30-17.15 SI-015 → Stefan Wolf

Subject of this seminar

In this seminar, topics related to quantum information science, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, information theory and cryptography will be available (3 ECTS → Course Cataloge for more information). On February 27, an overview on the different topics is given and papers are assigned to the students.

For questions please contact Arne Hansen or Stefan Wolf.

For further information see also the webpage of the Quantum Computing course.

Preliminary list of papers

A: Science as a Human Endeavour

Papers Date and speakers
[1]The human condition, H. Arendt (1998) PDF08.05.: Samuel A.Cruz Alegria
[2]The genesis and development of a scientific fact, L. Fleck (1979) PDF08.05.: Vihang Patil
[3]Nepotism and sexism in peer-review, C. Wenneras, A. Wold (1997) PDF
The academic manifesto: From an occupied to a public university, W. Halffman, H. Radder (2015) PDF
[4]Rationalism, relativism, and the scientific method, P. Feyerabend (1981) PDF
How to defend society against science, P. Feyerabend (1975) PDF
Erkenntnis für freie Menschen, P. Feyerabend (1980)
[5]The quest for certainty, J. Dewey (1929)
[6]Sinnliche Elemente und naturwissenschaftliche Begriffe, E. Mach (1910)
[7]Penser dans un monde mauvais, G. de Lagasnerie (2017)

B: The Physical Nature of Information

Papers Date and speakers
[8]The work value of information, O. Dahlsten, R. Renner, E. Rieper, V. Vedral (2009) PDF
Demonic heat engines, B. W. Schumacher (1994) PDF
[9]Work recoverable from two-particle information, L. B. Levitin, T. Toffoli (2012) PDF
[10]Simulating physics with computers, R. Feynman (1982) PDF
[11]The physical nature of information, R. Landauer (1996) PDF
Irreversibility and heat generation in the Computing Process, R. Landauer (1961) PDF
[12]Information, physics, quantum: The search for links, J. A. Wheeler (1990) PDF
[13]Quantum gloves: Physics and information, N. Gisin (2004) PDF
[14]Thermodynamics of computation, C. Bennett (1980) PDF
[15]Reversible computing, T. Toffoli (1980) PDF
Conservative logic, E. Fredkin, T. Toffoli (1982) PDF
[16]NP-complete problems and physical reality, S. Aaronson (2005) PDF
[17]Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information, A. N. Kolmogorov (1965) PDF
[x]The fastest way of computing all universes, J. Schmidhuber (2012)08.05.: Louis Kirsch
[18]Could the physical world be emergent instead of fundamental, and why should we ask?, M. Mueller (2017) PDF22.05.: Tannaz Najafi

C: The Arrow-of-Time and Causality

Papers Date and speakers
[19]The end of time, J. B. Barbour (1999)
The emergence of time and its arrow from timelessness, J. B. Barbour (1994) PDF
[20]The direction of time, H.Reichenbach (1971)
[21]Complexity in the universe, C. H. Bennett (1994) PDF
[22]"Time" replaced by quantum correlations, W. K. Wootters (1984) PDF
[23]Autonomous quantum clocks: does thermodynamics limit our ability to measure time?, P. Erker, M. T. Mitchison, R. Silva, M. P. Woods, N. Brunner, M. Huber (2017) PDF
[24]Is time asymmetry logically prior to quantum mechanics?, W. K. Wootters (1994) PDF
[25]Evolution und Entropiewachstum, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1972) PDF
[26]Dokumente, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1986)
[27]The ghost in the quantum Turing machine, S. Aaronson (2013) PDF15.05.: Matteo Riva
[28]On the notion of cause, with application to the free-will problem, B. Russell (1935) PDF
[29]Kausalität in der Physik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
[30]Quantum correlations with no causal order, O. Oreshkov, F. Costa, C. Brukner (2012) PDF
[31]Causality - complexity - consistency: Can space-time be based on logic and computation?, Ä. Baumeler, S. Wolf (2016) PDF
[32]Enhanced Communication With the Assistance of Indefinite Causal Order, D. Ebler, S. Salek, G. Chiribella (2017) PDF

D: Information and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[33]Can quantum mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?, A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, N. Rosen (1935) PDF
[34]On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, J. S. Bell (1964) PDF
[35]The two Bell's theorems of John Bell, H. M. Wiseman (2014) PDF
Hidden variables and the two theorems of John Bell, N. D. Mermin (1993) PDF
[36]Nonlocality for two particles without inequalities for almost all entangled states, L. Hardy (1993) PDF
A unified view on Hardy's paradox and the CHSH inequality, L. Mancinska, S. Wehner (2014) PDF
[37]Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality, J. S. Bell (1981) PDF
[38]Loopholes in Bell inequality tests of local realism, J.-A. Larsson (2014) PDF
[39]Die Logik nicht gleichzeitig entscheidbarer Aussagen, E. Specker (1960) PDF
Specker's parable of the over-protective seer: A road to contextuality, nonlocality and complementarity, Y.-C. Liang, R. W. Spekkens, H. M. Wiseman (2011) PDF
[40]The problem of hidden variables in quantum mechanics, S. Kochen, E. P. Specker (1967)
Bell-Kochen-Specker theorem: A proof with 18 vectors, A. Cabello, J. M. Estebaranz, G. G. Alcaine (1996) PDF
[41]What does an experimental test of quantum contextually prove or disprove?, A. Winter (2014) PDF
[42]Cost of exactly simulating quantum entanglement with classical communication, B. Brassard, R. Cleve, A. Tapp (1999) PDF
Communication cost of simulating Bell correlations, D. Bacon, B. Toner (2003) PDF
[43]Quantum pseudo-telepathy and the Kochen-Specker theorem, R. Renner, S. Wolf (2004) PDF
[44]No quantum advantage for nonlocal computation, N. Linden, S. Popescu, A. J. Short, A. Winter (2006) PDF
[45]Information causality as a physical principle, M. Pawlowski, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, V. Scarani, A. Winter, M. Zukowski (2009) PDF
A limit on nonlocality in any world in which communication complexity is not trivial, G. Brassard, H. Buhrman, N. Linden, A. Methot, A. Tapp, F. Unger (2005) PDF
[46]A glance beyond the quantum model, M. Navascues, H. Wunderlich (2009) PDF
PR-Box correlations have no classical limit, D. Rohrlich (2014) PDF
Quantum measurement of spins and magnets, and the classical limit of PR-boxes, N. Gisin (2014) PDF

E: Quantum Cryptography

Papers Date and speakers
[47]Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing, C. H. Bennett, G. Brassard (1984) PDF
Quantum cryptography based on Bell's theorem, A. Ekert (1991) PDF
[48]No signaling and quantum key distribution, J. Barrett, L. Hardy, A. Kent (2005) PDF
[49]The black paper of quantum cryptography: Real implementation problems, V. Scarani, C. Kurtsiefer (2009) PDF
[50]Unconditionally secure bit commitment, A. Kent (1998) PDF
[51]Unconditionally secure quantum bit commitment is impossible, D. Mayers (1996) PDF
Is Quantum Bit Commitment Really Possible?, H.-K. Lo, H. F. Chau (1996) PDF
[52]Free randomness can be amplified, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF
[53]Random numbers certified by Bell's theorem, S. Pironio, A. Acin, S. Massar, A. Boyer de la Giroday, D. N. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, S. Olmschenk, D. Hayes, L. Luo, T. A. Manning, C. Monroe (2009) PDF

F: Interpretations of Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[54]“Relative state” formulation of quantum mechanics, H. Everett (1957) PDF
[55]The emergent universe, D. Wallace (2012)
[56]Can free will emerge from determinism in quantum theory?, G. Brassard, P. Raymond-Robichaud (2012) PDF
[57]A suggested interpretation of the quantum theory in terms of "hidden" variables, D. Bohm (1952) PDF
[58]A tripartite quantum state violating the hidden influence constraints, T. J. Barnea, J.-D. Bancal, Y.-C. Liang, N. Gisin (2013) PDF
Non-locality is transitive, S. Coretti, E. Hänggi, S. Wolf (2011) PDF
[59]Copenhagen computation: How I learned to stop worrying and love Bohr, N. D. Mermin (2003) PDF
[60]On nonlocality as a resource theory and nonlocality measures, J. de Vicente (2014) PDF
[61]La nouvelle cuisine, J. S. Bell (1990) PDF
[62]Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics, J. S. Bell (1986) PDF
[63]Against 'measurement', J. S. Bell (1989) PDF
[64]Einstein, incompleteness, and the epistemic view of quantum states, N. Harrigan, R. W. Spekkens (2007) PDF
[65]On the reality of the quantum state, M. F. Pusey, J. Barrett, T. Rudolph (2012) PDF
Is a system's wave function in one-to-one correspondence with its elements of reality?, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF
[66]In defense of the epistemic view of quantum states: A toy theory, R. Spekkens (2004) PDF
[67]Physics Without Physics: The Power of Information-theoretical Principles, G. M. D'Ariano (2017) PDF
[68]Three measurement problems, T. Maudlin (1995) PDF
[69]Algorithmic Pseudorandomness in Quantum Setups, A. Bendersky, G. de la Torre, G. Senno, S. Figueira, A. Acín (2016) PDF
[70]One world versus many: The inadequacy of Everettian accounts of evolution, probability, and scientific confirmation, A. Kent (2009) PDF
[71]The interpretation of quantum mechanics: Many worlds or many words?, M. Tegmark (1997) PDF
[72]The fabric of reality, D. Deutsch (1997)
[73]The cellular automaton interpretation of quantum mechanics, G. 't Hooft (2014) PDF
[74] The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the Philosophy of Nature, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
Die Naturphilosophischen Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
[75]Indeterminism in quantum physics and classical physics, K. Popper (1950) PDF
[76]Is quantum theory universally valid?, A. Peres, W.H.Zurek (1983) PDF
[77]The impossibility of accurate self-measurements, T. Breuer (1995) PDF
[78]Minipaper: Probability in wave mechanics, H. Everett (1995) PDF
[79]Quantum mechanics and reality, B. DeWitt (1970) PDF
[80]QBism, the perimeter of quantum Bayesianism, C. Fuchs (2010) PDF
[81]Towards a proper quantum theory, J. Levy-Leblond (1976) PDF
[x]Can distinctness be defined in Quantum Mechanics?, Daniele Garancini (2019)15.05.: Daniele Garancini

G: Biology and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[82]Quantum physics meets biology, M. Arndt, T. Juffmann, V. Vedral (2009) PDF15.05.: Alessandra de Felice
[83]What is life?, E. Schrödinger (1944)22.05.: Giacomo Ceoldo

*) hardcopy available in the seminar on February 21.