Monday, June 23, 2014

astro picture for the day / Bourbaki quote

ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope image

quote for the day,

"Since the earliest times, all critical revisions of the principles of mathematics as a whole, or any branch of it, have almost invariably followed periods of uncertainty, where contradictions did appear and had to be resolved . . . . there are now twenty-five centuries during which the mathematians have had the practice of correcting their errors and thereby seeing their science enriched, not impoverished; this gives them the right to view the future with serenity." - Bourbaki

In some exciting quantum computer news,

Quantum physicists find a way to turn on quantum computers 72 times faster

Quantum computers are of course very sensitive to the environment, and quantum physicists have had to get down to the bottom of every parameter, temperature, vibrations, gravity, quantum parameters like electromagnetic affects and so on.  They've had to measure these things and get the quantum experiements set up for hours every day; now, these guy's report getting this procedure down to five minutes . . .

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