Information & Physics Seminar - FS24, USI

Course information

Time Room Professor

Wednesdays 13.00-15.00 D0.03 → 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 Catalogue for more information). An overview on the different topics will be given and papers will be assigned to the students.

For questions please contact William Schober or Stefan Wolf.

Preliminary list of papers

A: Science as a Human Endeavour

Papers Date and speakers
The human condition, H. Arendt (1998) PDF
17 April: Carmen Armenti
The Scent of Time: A Philosophical Essay on the Art of Lingering, Byung-Chul Han (2009)
10 April: Jovy Dinglasan
The genesis and development of a scientific fact, L. Fleck (1979) PDF
17 April: Sophie Macdonald
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
10 April: Samuele Pasini (a), 29 May: Alessandro Giagnorio and Ketai Qiu (b)
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)
24 April: Pouria Peykani Sani (a), 17 April: Riccardo Galfetti (b)
The quest for certainty, J. Dewey (1929)
Sinnliche Elemente und naturwissenschaftliche Begriffe, E. Mach (1910)
Penser dans un monde mauvais, G. de Lagasnerie (2017)
The Art of Revolt: Snowden, Assange, Manning, G. de Lagasnerie (2017)

B: The Physical Nature of Information

Papers Date and speakers
The work value of information, O. Dahlsten, R. Renner, E. Rieper, V. Vedral (2009) PDF
Demonic heat engines, B. W. Schumacher (1994) PDF
24 April: Shifat Sahariar Bhuiyan (a), 29 May: Foteini Rorri (b)
Work recoverable from two-particle information, L. B. Levitin, T. Toffoli (2012) PDF
Simulating physics with computers, R. Feynman (1982) PDF
The physical nature of information, R. Landauer (1996) PDF
Irreversibility and heat generation in the Computing Process, R. Landauer (1961) PDF
Information, physics, quantum: The search for links, J. A. Wheeler (1990) PDF
Quantum gloves: Physics and information, N. Gisin (2004) PDF
Thermodynamics of computation, C. Bennett (1980) PDF
Reversible computing, T. Toffoli (1980) PDF
Conservative logic, E. Fredkin, T. Toffoli (1982) PDF
17 April: Stefano Campanella and Joey Bevilacqua (a)
NP-complete problems and physical reality, S. Aaronson (2005) PDF
Three approaches to the quantitative definition of information, A. N. Kolmogorov (1965) PDF
10 April: Alex Bortolotti
Could the physical world be emergent instead of fundamental, and why should we ask?, M. Mueller (2017) PDF

C: The Arrow of Time and Causality

Papers Date and speakers
The end of time, J. B. Barbour (1999)
The emergence of time and its arrow from timelessness, J. B. Barbour (1994) PDF
24 April: Kaan Egemen Sen and Simone Tarenzi
The direction of time, H.Reichenbach (1971)
8 May: Claudio Maggioni and Vijaya Bhargavi
Complexity in the universe, C. H. Bennett (1994) PDF
24 April: Jury Andrea D’Onofrio
"Time" replaced by quantum correlations, W. K. Wootters (1984) PDF
8 May: Francesco Vitali
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
8 May: Rahul Shah
Is time asymmetry logically prior to quantum mechanics?, W. K. Wootters (1994) PDF
8 May: Qinyou Wang
Evolution und Entropiewachstum, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1972) PDF
Dokumente, C. F. von Weizsäcker (1986)
The ghost in the quantum Turing machine, S. Aaronson (2013) PDF
15 May: Sofia d'Atri
On the notion of cause, with application to the free-will problem, B. Russell (1935) PDF
15 May: Guanyu Chen
Kausalität in der Physik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
Quantum correlations with no causal order, O. Oreshkov, F. Costa, C. Brukner (2012) PDF
Causality - complexity - consistency: Can space-time be based on logic and computation?, Ä. Baumeler, S. Wolf (2016) PDF
Enhanced Communication With the Assistance of Indefinite Causal Order, D. Ebler, S. Salek, G. Chiribella (2017) PDF
15 May: Giuseppe Crupi

D: Information and Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
Can quantum mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?, A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, N. Rosen (1935) PDF
15 May: Aaron Collavini
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, J. S. Bell (1964) PDF
15 May: Aaron Collavini
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
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
Bertlmann's socks and the nature of reality, J. S. Bell (1981) PDF
Loopholes in Bell inequality tests of local realism, J.-A. Larsson (2014) PDF
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
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
What does an experimental test of quantum contextually prove or disprove?, A. Winter (2014) PDF
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
Quantum pseudo-telepathy and the Kochen-Specker theorem, R. Renner, S. Wolf (2004) PDF
No quantum advantage for nonlocal computation, N. Linden, S. Popescu, A. J. Short, A. Winter (2006) PDF
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
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
The prospects of quantum computing in computational molecular biology, C. Outeiral, M. Strahm, J. Shi, G. M. Morris, S. C. Benjamin, C. M. Deane (2020) PDF

E: Quantum Cryptography

Papers Date and speakers
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
15 May: Luis Loya Cabrera
No signaling and quantum key distribution, J. Barrett, L. Hardy, A. Kent (2005) PDF
The black paper of quantum cryptography: Real implementation problems, V. Scarani, C. Kurtsiefer (2009) PDF
22 May: Erifeoluwa Jamgbadi
Unconditionally secure bit commitment, A. Kent (1998) PDF
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
29 May: Bedi Navdeep Singh
Free randomness can be amplified, R. Colbeck, R. Renner (2012) PDF
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
Key Agreement and Oblivious Transfer from Free-Energy Limitations, X. Coiteux-Roy, S. Wolf (2022) PDF

F: Interpretations of Quantum Physics

Papers Date and speakers
“Relative state” formulation of quantum mechanics, H. Everett (1957) PDF
The emergent multiverse, D. Wallace (2012)
Can free will emerge from determinism in quantum theory?, G. Brassard, P. Raymond-Robichaud (2012) PDF
22 May: Maximilian Skawran
A suggested interpretation of the quantum theory in terms of "hidden" variables, D. Bohm (1952) PDF
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
Copenhagen computation: How I learned to stop worrying and love Bohr, N. D. Mermin (2003) PDF
On nonlocality as a resource theory and nonlocality measures, J. de Vicente (2014) PDF
La nouvelle cuisine, J. S. Bell (1990) PDF
Six possible worlds of quantum mechanics, J. S. Bell (1986) PDF
22 May: Noemi Bolzonetti
Against 'measurement', J. S. Bell (1989) PDF
Einstein, incompleteness, and the epistemic view of quantum states, N. Harrigan, R. W. Spekkens (2007) PDF
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
In defense of the epistemic view of quantum states: A toy theory, R. Spekkens (2004) PDF
Physics Without Physics: The Power of Information-theoretical Principles, G. M. D'Ariano (2017) PDF
Three measurement problems, T. Maudlin (1995) PDF
22 May: Simone Salzano
Algorithmic Pseudorandomness in Quantum Setups, A. Bendersky, G. de la Torre, G. Senno, S. Figueira, A. Acín (2016) PDF
One world versus many: The inadequacy of Everettian accounts of evolution, probability, and scientific confirmation, A. Kent (2009) PDF
The interpretation of quantum mechanics: Many worlds or many words?, M. Tegmark (1997) PDF
22 May: Riccardo Giacometti
The fabric of reality, D. Deutsch (1997)
10 April: Suuraj Perpeli
The cellular automaton interpretation of quantum mechanics, G. 't Hooft (2014) PDF
The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the Philosophy of Nature, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
Die Naturphilosophischen Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik, G. Hermann (1935) PDF
Indeterminism in quantum physics and classical physics, K. Popper (1950) PDF
Is quantum theory universally valid?, A. Peres, W.H.Zurek (1983) PDF
29 May: Lili Lu
The impossibility of accurate self-measurements, T. Breuer (1995) PDF
10 April: Ali Mohammadpourfard
Minipaper: Probability in wave mechanics, H. Everett (1995) PDF
Quantum mechanics and reality, B. DeWitt (1970) PDF
29 May: Elvi Mihai
QBism, the perimeter of quantum Bayesianism, C. Fuchs (2010) PDF
Towards a proper quantum theory, J. Levy-Leblond (1976) PDF
Relational quantum mechanics, C. Rovelli (1996) PDF
29 May: Margherita Moro

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