Information & Physics Seminar - FS19, ETH

Course information

Time Room Professor

Friday, 15-19 ML E 12 → 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 (2 KP → VVZ 252-4800-00L for more information). On February 22, an overview on the different topics is given and papers are assigned to the students.

For questions please contact Arne Hansen, Xavier Coiteux-Roy or Stefan Wolf.
For further information see also the Invitation to Quantum Informatics course.

Preliminary list of papers

A: Science as a Human Endeavour

Papers Date and speakers
[1]The human condition, H. Arendt (1998) PDF01.03.: Leonie Muggenthaler
[2]The genesis and development of a scientific fact, L. Fleck (1979) PDF01.03.: Lukas Heimes, Felix Sarnthein
[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
01.03.: Larissa Schrempp, Patrick Iff
[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)
01.03.: Davide Bernardi, Antonia Mateescu
[5]The quest for certainty, J. Dewey (1929)
[6]Sinnliche Elemente und naturwissenschaftliche Begriffe, E. Mach (1910)01.03.: Julian Neff, Remo Kellenberger, Nicolas Marxer
[7]Penser dans un monde mauvais, G. de Lagasnerie (2017)01.03.: Giulia Argüello, Nicola Rüegsegger

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
08.03.: Simon Studer, André Rösti, András Köpe
[9]Work recoverable from two-particle information, L. B. Levitin, T. Toffoli (2012) PDF08.03.: Nikola Kovacevic, Predrag Krnetic
[10]Simulating physics with computers, R. Feynman (1982) PDF08.03.: Fabijan Dokic, Ahmed Solak, Vithurjan Visuvalingam
[11]The physical nature of information, R. Landauer (1996) PDF
Irreversibility and heat generation in the Computing Process, R. Landauer (1961) PDF
08.03.: Jorel Elmiger, Ramon Witschi
[12]Information, physics, quantum: The search for links, J. A. Wheeler (1990) PDF08.03.: Fredin Thazhathukunnel, Diana Steffen
[13]Quantum gloves: Physics and information, N. Gisin (2004) PDF15.03.: Michael Sommer
[14]Thermodynamics of computation, C. Bennett (1980) PDF15.03.: Samuel Bedassa, Salomon Bruelisauer, Adrian Zanga
[15]Reversible computing, T. Toffoli (1980) PDF
Conservative logic, E. Fredkin, T. Toffoli (1982) PDF
15.03.: Armon Carigiet, Alessandro Maissen, Simon Zurfluh
[16]NP-complete problems and physical reality, S. Aaronson (2005) PDF24.05.: Ben Fiedler, Robin Staab
[17]Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information, A. N. Kolmogorov (1965) PDF15.03.: Vanessa Tschichold, Adrian Kress, Sven Grübel
[18]Could the physical world be emergent instead of fundamental, and why should we ask?, M. Mueller (2017) PDF22.03.: Chris Buob, Lea Reichardt

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
22.03.: Jan Schilliger
[20]The direction of time, H.Reichenbach (1971)22.03.: Mathias Blarer, Christopher Raffl
[21]Complexity in the universe, C. H. Bennett (1994) PDF22.03.: Robin Wiethüchter, Axel Pohl
[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) PDF03.05.: Dominik Alberto, Andreas Bloch
[24]Is time asymmetry logically prior to quantum mechanics?, W. K. Wootters (1994) PDF22.03.: Roger Baumgartner, Nils Ebeling
[25]Evolution und Entropiewachstum, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1972) PDF22.03.: Nicole Wenzinger, Yann Girsberger, Joel Mathys
[26]Dokumente, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1986)29.03.: Johannes Schenk
[27]The ghost in the quantum Turing machine, S. Aaronson (2013) PDF29.03.: Yannik Martin, Tatiana Gerth
[28]On the notion of cause, with application to the free-will problem, B. Russell (1935) PDF29.03.: André Gaillard, Livio Schläpfer, Jens Eirik Saethre
[29]Kausalität in der Physik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF29.03.: Lucas Habersaat, Tamara Gini
[30]Quantum correlations with no causal order, O. Oreshkov, F. Costa, C. Brukner (2012) PDF29.03.: Leonid Baraznerok
[31]Causality - complexity - consistency: Can space-time be based on logic and computation?, Ä. Baumeler, S. Wolf (2016) PDF29.03.: Kevin Landert, Dan Kluser
[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) PDF05.04.: Jonathan Lehner
[34]On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, J. S. Bell (1964) PDF05.04.: Pavel Pozdnyakov, Fabian Engler
[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
05.04.: Marc Styger, David Spielmann, Joel Fischer
[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) PDF24.05.: Lukas Schmid
[38]Loopholes in Bell inequality tests of local realism, J.-A. Larsson (2014) PDF24.05.: York von Schlabredorff
[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
05.04.: Matthieu Gras, Matthieu Ehlers
[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) PDF05.04.: Florim Memedi, Ferdinand Kossmann, Henry Trinh
[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
17.05.: Gregory Inauen, Pascal Kün
[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
12.04.: Johan Stettler, David Scherer
[48]No signaling and quantum key distribution, J. Barrett, L. Hardy, A. Kent (2005) PDF12.04.: Zhang Guanyin
[49]The black paper of quantum cryptography: Real implementation problems, V. Scarani, C. Kurtsiefer (2009) PDF12.04.: Viturin Züst
[50]Unconditionally secure bit commitment, A. Kent (1998) PDF12.04.: Loris Reiff , Andy Nguyen
[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
12.04.: Miro Haller, Christopher Vogelsanger, Tim Matter
[52]Free randomness can be amplified, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF24.05.: Marcel Schmid, Yan Walesch
[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) PDF12.04.: Tim Tuor

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)03.05.: Felix Huber, Michael Stemmle
[56]Can free will emerge from determinism in quantum theory?, G. Brassard, P. Raymond-Robichaud (2012) PDF03.05.: Chris Müller, Fabio Streun
[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) PDF03.05.: Gianluca Danieletto
[62]Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics, J. S. Bell (1986) PDF03.05.: Simon Jacob, Lukas Baege
[63]Against 'measurement', J. S. Bell (1989) PDF24.05.: Gabriel Gavrilas, Antonio Russo, Ramon Gomm
[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) PDF10.05.: Alexander Kunze
[68]Three measurement problems, T. Maudlin (1995) PDF24.05.: Francis Du
[69]Algorithmic Pseudorandomness in Quantum Setups, A. Bendersky, G. de la Torre, G. Senno, S. Figueira, A. Acín (2016) PDF10.05.: Tobias Buner, Irfan Bunjaku
[70]One world versus many: The inadequacy of Everettian accounts of evolution, probability, and scientific confirmation, A. Kent (2009) PDF10.05.: Joël Lindegger, Noe Javet
[71]The interpretation of quantum mechanics: Many worlds or many words?, M. Tegmark (1997) PDF10.05.: Julien Tinguely, Pouya Pourjafar
[72]The fabric of reality, D. Deutsch (1997)10.05.: Matti Matthias, Telschow Lino, Schubiger Roy
[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
03.05.: Noe Heim, Gregory Frommelt
[75]Indeterminism in quantum physics and classical physics, K. Popper (1950) PDF10.05.: Xingong Xu
[76]Is quantum theory universally valid?, A. Peres, W.H.Zurek (1983) PDF
[77]The impossibility of accurate self-measurements, T. Breuer (1995) PDF17.05.: Attila Hirschi, Léa Pistorio
[78]Minipaper: Probability in wave mechanics, H. Everett (1995) PDF
[79]Quantum mechanics and reality, B. DeWitt (1970) PDF17.05.: Andreas Brombach, Lebin Yu
[80]QBism, the perimeter of quantum Bayesianism, C. Fuchs (2010) PDF
[81]Towards a proper quantum theory, J. Levy-Leblond (1976) PDF

G: Biology and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
[82]Quantum physics meets biology, M. Arndt, T. Juffmann, V. Vedral (2009) PDF17.05.: Adrian Taubner, Stefan Jokic, Marc Odermatt
[83]What is life?, E. Schrödinger (1944)17.05.: Oliver Schwarzenbach, Jan Urech