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I think I just noticed a funny bug:
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Q: How strong are Wi-Fi signals?

Chong Lip PhangMy family members dislike the idea of having many devices communicating wirelessly in our house, arguing that the signals have negative effects on our physical health. I would like to tell them the EM signals are in fact weaker than the light from our lights but I cannot really confirm this. Cou...

I hit the rep cap today, but then a user was removed and brought my earned rep below 200. But because I hit the cap before the user was removed, I think I'm cut off from earning more rep today.
sad bug
yeah, water off a duck's back
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2:50 AM
@RyanUnger maybe your nickname should be the joker... am thinking of dark knight :P
spking of physics this is/ was very fun today... they had oculus rift quest hardware only $1/min... ps does anyone wanna hear my QM theory based on pinball? :P pinballshowdown.com/index.html
3:33 AM
@Mazura theres some study of forces of stress on solids/ rigid bodies associated with mechanical engineering...
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@RyanUnger we are only a select few of the many that he has and will continue to scar.
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7:38 AM
Ok maybe not never, but very rarely only on special occasions.
and always remember: in moderation
> the quality of doing something within reasonable limits
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11:12 AM
@skullpatrol yep, meaning, don't get too drunk
I know my limits (since I tested them already) so I know how much is moderate :)
@DanielSank curious. The question is, does it still count as progress towards the rep-cap badges
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1:21 PM
@JMac FWIW, Negative Quantum Space-Time guy has started a thread on the xkcd Science forum: forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=126636
1:50 PM
@RyanUnger one of the more amusing things I’ve seen on the arxiv was the suggestion of a Bohmian/pilot wave interpretation of string theory
Which I sorta want to be right, if only for how perverse that would be for the kind of people who like string theory
I don't think they've even managed a correct version of relativistic Bohmian mechanics
Hey @Semiclassical How did your talk go?
@PM2Ring Wow, thanks. Watching that unfold somewhere that actually allows conversations is basically exactly what I expected to see. I'm surprised they haven't threatened to hold everyone on that forum accountable yet. They are dismissing him much more directly than we did lol
2:08 PM
@JMac I guess the OP is happy that the thread hasn't been locked yet. Yes, several posters have been dismissive, but some are trying to extract some meaningful content from the OP's vague ramblings.
continuing long theme of semirandom googling + "ideas mix™" just found 2 deep papers linking strings + solitons... does anyone care? :| o_O
@PM2Ring Yup, I guess suggesting that he was not using the site appropriately was taken as more dismissive to him than straight up telling him many reasons why it is nonsense. Kinda weird, but I guess they feel like being disregarded is worse than being told you make no sense
It's nice that his insults have been ignored. But if the rude behaviour gets out of hand, the mod (gmalivuk) will step in. FWIW, swearing & rude words are perfectly acceptable on xkcd, but being nasty isn't tolerated.
Q: Moduli spaces in string theory vs. soliton theory

phy_mathIn both string theory and soliton theory, moduli spaces are frequently used. As far as I known, for soliton theory, moduli spaces are something like collective coordinates for solitons, and for string theory, moduli spaces is the spaces of all metrices divided by all conformal rescalings and di...

These are very different moduli spaces, but they both follow the same idea. Have you looked at, e.g., moduli spaces on the nLab? — ACuriousMind ♦ Sep 9 '14 at 12:50
@JMac I get the impression that he really doesn't get it when people tell him that his "theory" doesn't actually explain anything. He knows what his words mean to him, and he thinks that the meaning should be obvious to anyone else. In contrast, a bunch of mathematical equations doesn't explain anything that "normal" people can understand. :rolls eyes:
2:19 PM
@PM2Ring pretty good, I think?
I don't know what it is really that leads people to think that is how "theories" work. I'm curious if they've ever taken a science course. Odds are probably like high-school physics at best
lol maybe xkcd is the perfect forum for pittsburghjoe. anyway he should get a blog. would be amused to at least read his "about page". if you guys are really into it try inviting him into this chat :| :P
@Semiclassical Oh, good. :)
I just love the circularity of it. "How would you show that this is true?" "Well you're the science people, you know what it would mean if it is true, and I know it is true, so prove it for me"
It was a tricky audience: for the quantum info people in the audience it was probably familiar and a bit labored. But for the foundations people it seemed like the right pitch
2:24 PM
@JMac putting aside the crank denigration & trying to extract something worthwhile, you might find it interesting how much HUP-like principles enter into classical physics, as in some of the responses eg citing fourier analysis. havent seen a really deep analysis/ survey anywhere, have seen scattered bits + pieces.
@Semiclassical link to the bohm string thing? Vaguely remember it
@JMac I think it's because they believe the world runs on narrativium.
"Our minds make stories, and stories make our minds. Each culture's Make-a-Human kit is built from stories, and maintained by stories. A story can be a rule for living according to one's culture, a useful survival trick, a clue to the grandeur of the universe, or a mental hypothesis about what might happen if we pursue a particular course. Stories map out the phase space of existence."
@vzn there is no HUP principle in classical physics, Fourier analysis simply lets you go from position to momentum space and from this you could expect some HUP thing to come out of it in QM because the foundations encode it unlike classical physics
@bolbteppa the math seems to be nearly/ exactly the same, would dig up refs but probably nobody would read them and/ or be convinced. there seems to be a "math pattern aversion" almost as part of physics training...
Depends on what you're talking about, you can use Fourier analysis to maybe solve some F = ma equation, or in analyzing waves etc... but so what?
It sounds like you're saying because two words in the alphabet use some of the same letters they must mean the same thing :p
Just because you can use the same math tools in different areas, doesn't mean anything
2:29 PM
@bolbteppa its more than "tools" its nearly identical formulas. are you familiar with fourier analysis?
@bolbteppa it’s a Nikolic paper I think? Lemme look
@vzn yes, some brief examples would be good
Here's one thing but I remember a different article
That's it
I have no idea how seriously to take Nikolic tbh
2:35 PM
Debates on PF a lot
But it’s a delightfully perverse proposition
Plus, the suggestion that one sidestep the problems of Bohmian field theory by looking at strings instead...I dunno, kinda appealing to me
Tho again I’m not at all prepared to defend it
@bolbteppa am willing to dig into this but it would take extended analysis (with someone with the nec attn span)... have never fully grasped it myself, have wanted to survey it, as stated am always looking for good refs myself. again googling, here is at least one author that describes something along the lines. arxiv.org/ftp/quant-ph/papers/0306/0306173.pdf
@bolbteppa yeah, I noticed that. Kinda weird
> The uncertainty relation of the Heisenberg in a traditional statement actually is the product not quantum, but classic wave theory. In the classic theory from link of frequency (energy) and temporary patterns by means of Fourier transform follows, that for the complete characteristic of the physical object it is necessary to use not numbers, and distributions. At a jumboizing of particles, i.e. at transition to macroscopic objects the appropriate distributions tend to δ-functions.
> For optical impulses the transition to a macroscopic limit is impossible. The optical impulse should be cha
I don't know what to make of this BM string stuff either haha
2:43 PM
When I try to describe how I feel about Bohmian mech in general, a Simpsons joke comes to mind
@vzn the references in that article are the books I keep referencing, which is good
@bolbteppa there is some mythology associated with HUP relating to bohrian mystique, it got tied up in the ideological framework of "complementarity" nearly playing a central role. it needs a very careful look/ historical "disentanglement".
The bit from 0:20-0:25 here: youtu.be/NwsUsshY4Tc
Does anyone happen to know how Reynold's number should be derived for non-newtonian fluids? I suspect we should replace $\mu$ with $\frac{\tau}{\left(\frac{dv}{dz}\right)}$, but I am unsure. Can someone help me out?
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@vzn that article is pretty much unreadable, idk what they mean in the conclusion
@Semiclassical haha
lol yeah
By $\tau$, I mean the shear-stress
@bolbteppa think he didnt fully make the case mathematically. the point is many credentialed authors have made similar assertions about HUP and dont think theyre all wrong. think its just not fully understood yet (because its hard to understand). aka blind men + elephant o_O
The Fourier transform (FT) decomposes (analyzes) a function of time (a signal) into its constituent frequencies. This is similar to the way a musical chord can be expressed in terms of the volumes and frequencies (or pitches) of its constituent notes. The term Fourier transform refers to both the frequency domain representation and the mathematical operation that associates the frequency domain representation to a function of time. The Fourier transform of a function of time is itself a complex-valued function of frequency, whose magnitude (modulus) represents the amount of that frequency present...
"Generally speaking, the more concentrated f (x) is, the more spread out its Fourier transform f̂ (ξ) must be. In particular, the scaling property of the Fourier transform may be seen as saying: if we squeeze a function in x, its Fourier transform stretches out in ξ. It is not possible to arbitrarily concentrate both a function and its Fourier transform."
"In quantum mechanics, the momentum and position wave functions are Fourier transform pairs, to within a factor of Planck's constant."
Things are different in classical mechanics
My main feeling with BM: there are perfectly good reasons to not think it’s really workable as a picture of the world; one does not need to invoke bad reasons!
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@bolbteppa suspect a HUP like relation appears somewhere in classical mechanics with waves, not sure what plancks constant corresponds to.
(Tho the way Bohm presented his ideas didn’t really help matters)
Well, of course uncertainty relations are all over classical mechanics, because they arise whenever a Fourier transform comes up.
That doesn't mean the Heisenberg uncertainty relation is "classical", because it comes from assuming position and momentum are Fourier conjugates. Which is very much not a classical thing.
BM, as far as I know, is compatible with neither the principle of inertia (save in the sense of a classical limit) nor relativity of simultaneity
You might as well say that the Schrodinger equation is the same as Newton's second law because both have time derivatives in them.
@bolbteppa nice find. exactly! the wikipedia Fourier transform article actually implies that theres a HUP like relation associated with any wave mechanics scenario. thats my point. its presented rather abstractly.
2:57 PM
My first point means that BM is not Newtonian, but the latter means it’s going to be awfully hard to square with special relativity
So while I think calling BM “Newtonian” (or “classical”) is a silly insult, the charge that it’s inherently in tension with relativity...yeeeep
@vzn roughly the wiki is saying that the HUP generalizes to the claim that "It is not possible to arbitrarily concentrate both a function and its Fourier transform", so anywhere you use Fourier theory the HUP 'could' arise, but who cares, QM is saying we should replace the position and momentum (independent variables in phase space) with Fourier-conjugated variables which have this HUP property built-in, the question is WHY do we replace those variables, you'll never "derive" this from math
Luckily, the latter doesn’t stop me from using BM as a visualization tool for non-relativistic problems :)
@bolbteppa QM has airbrushed out the deep link to CM in the HUP to the point that even physics experts are barely aware of it. something is missing™
On the contrary, I'm pretty sure it's textbook material. This was all in my Quantum Mechanics I class.
@vzn you're missing how radical the claim is... We're talking about replacing the set of independent labels required to fully specify the motion of a particle with a different set labels that inherently have this HUP inequality between them, thus preventing us from specifying both labels simultaneously, and the only reason we do this is because experiments show we can't specify both variables simultaneously ever, otherwise some form of classical mechanics would work, Newton/Einstein+
3:02 PM
@knzhou ok, can anyone cite a classical analog of HUP...?
One easy example from acoustics is that it's harder to hear pitches of really short notes.
Which has been experimentally confirmed plenty of times.
@bolbteppa QM is less radical than is widely realized, the HUP CM connection is a major case for that. as stated early on, am not expecting anyone around here to realize/ agree with that. :|
But that doesn't mean that music is quantum mechanics. They just have a few things in common.
@knzhou right, has anyone written out a HUP-like relation for sound waves anywhere? think its gotta be somewhere but cant pinpoint it.
In the context of acoustics and signal processing it's called the Gabor limit.
It looks just the same, it's Delta x Delta k > 1 where k is the wavenumber.
3:06 PM
ah! thx! :)
"if we squeeze a function in x, its Fourier transform stretches out in ξ" And vice versa. That's a very core feature of the Fourier transform, so anyone using Fourier transforms in any branch of physics is fully aware of it.
from wikipedia HUP
> In the context of signal processing, and in particular time–frequency analysis, uncertainty principles are referred to as the Gabor limit, after Dennis Gabor, or sometimes the Heisenberg–Gabor limit.
now, how many QM textbooks cite Gabor? did heisenberg even cite him? o_O :P
Gabor did his thing after Heisenberg, so I would expect not.
QM textbooks don't mention Gabor because they don't have to talk about everything that also uses the same mathematical tools they use.
3:12 PM
lol hmmm, really? nevertheless classical wave mechanics was discovered long before QM... maybe it wasnt fully understood in historical order...
I have a qm textbook from a signal processing standpoint
This is not a particularly obscure idea
ok, googling, heres a comprehensive ref on gabor that indicates he developed the principle in the 1940s for signal processing/ information theory by analogy with QM its.caltech.edu/~matilde/GaborLocalization.pdf however, its clear this theory is not dependent on QM, its a basic mathematical property of CM wave mechanics.
It's a basic property of mathematics
As is well known???
I mean it is pretty basic qm that momentum space is the fourier transform of position space
3:18 PM
> Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle follows from a classical result, which is at least as old as Fourier.
That QM has analogies with wave mechanics is not at all a new fact
It is literally the oldest thing about QM
@Slereah its not a new fact but feel its a misunderstood fact. isnt it interesting that the Gabor connection to CM took ~2 decades after HUP to uncover? does that give no modern physicist any pause?
One needs to be careful with terminology here: It is not "the HUP", it is the HUP for position and momentum that can be seen from the classical Fourier uncertainty once one knows that quantumly position and momentum should be differentiation and multiplication on an $L^2$ space. The uncertainly principle for generic observables is much more general and does not reduce to Fourier uncertainly since by far not all observables are Fourier conjugate.
@vzn The "if we squeeze a function in x, its Fourier transform stretches out in ξ" thing is basic Fourier. That position & momentum are related by the Fourier transform is a new idea that QM brought to the table.
@vzn We can easily invert that reasoning: Does it not give you any pause that everyone is telling you that this is well-known and unsurprising yet you insist it is somehow "misunderstood"?
3:23 PM
@vzn for a single particle in CM, one uses points $(x,p)$ in phase space to label where it is at each instant of time. QM says we can't do this, we have to replace $x$ and $p$ by operators which are Fourier conjugates and can't be used to simultaneously produce labels we can interpret as position and momenta, just because some multiparticle classical systems exhibit overall wave behavior, the individual particles themselves are still specified by $(x,p)$ labels, something QM eschews
again, stated early on, did not expect anyone around here to agree with me even as have not really written any incorrect statements, quite to the contrary...
In order to claim that "physicists" misunderstand something, one should first demonstrate that one in fact knows how physicists understand something.
its a fact that physicists understanding of physics has changed over the years, and its not a very credible argument that it will never change in the future... but it seems no individual physicist will admit that maybe his own understanding of physics is incomplete in some (key) way...
It's fortunate that no one has made such a non-credible argument, then.
@vzn "Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle is a consequence of the classical Cauchy–Schwartz inequality and is one of the cornerstones of quantum theory... Dennis Gabor (1946), inventor of the hologram, was the first to realize that the uncertainty principle applies to signals. Thanks to wave-particle duality, signals turn out to be exactly analogous to quantum systems. " link
3:28 PM
@bolbteppa lol... Thanks to wave-particle duality, signals turn out to be exactly analogous to classical systems.
or... more radically (who was just talking about radical?) QM systems turn out to be exactly analogous to classical signals/ classical wave mechanics...
@vzn where are the signals in the Tenev stuff?
These conversations inevitably remind me of the old “I’m not Rapaport” routine
it just reminds me of every crank conversation
3:47 PM
somehow reminds me of Waiting for Godot...
if you see uncertainty relations from an information theory point of view, there certainly are both classical and quantum uncertainty relations, the latter being a more general case
and not only between Fourier conjugate quantities either
@bolbteppa you seem to routinely ½ mock me or more, making it hard to tell individual cases, but will respond to your question seriously. the implication from all this is that HUP is the Gabor uncertainty relation for waves that propagate thru the spacetime fluid-fabric much like in a classical way. (know this is a radical assertion, but the points lead to it...) QM is a special case of CM.
@vzn see I knew you found a link ;) That last sentence is completely ridiculous
@bolbteppa QM emerging from CM is asserted by many highly credentialed physicists, its a basic theme of "emergent QM" of which theres been many conferences now. agreed its a minority pov... currently
4:07 PM
@vzn no serious people assert this, it's almost like you knew where this was going to end up from the beginning...
QM as fluid mechanics has been tried before I believe
Like 90 years ago
@bolbteppa judge for yourself from lists of attendees, looks like 4 conferences, every 2 yrs dating to 2011 latest 2017 emqm17.org ... seems many have many more credentials than pseudonymous internet chatters with sketchy backgrounds...
I don't doubt them
I doubt you
@Slereah people tried to create flight machines pre 20th century also.
Oh man are we going with platitudes now
Here's mine then
From good old James Randy
"They laughed at Galileo, they also laughed at Bozo the Clown"
4:15 PM
@vzn it seems to me the conference in the link doesn't talk about QM emerging from classical mechanics, but emerging from some deeper theory
@knzhou I clicked the wrong button on your latest flag and it marked it declined, but it was helpful and has been addressed. Sorry about that!
"The focus is the search for a “deeperlevel” theory for quantum mechanics that interconnects three fields of knowledge: emergence, the quantum, and information. Contributions will be featured that present current advances in realist approaches to quantum mechanics, including new experiments, work in quantum foundations, and the physics of the quantum observer and the conscious experimenter agent."
They pretty much always mean classical mechanics when they say 'deeper theory'
@user2723984 the papers/ povs/ proponents are diverse. nobody has all the answers yet, at least some are asking the right questions™
4:17 PM
@bolbteppa do they really? well that boils down to what people mean when they say classical mechanics
I don't dismiss the Bohmian people
if they mean local deterministic theory, then yes I agree
I'm entirely fine with pet theories
I just think you are particularly dismissive yourself of consensus in general on no particularly good ground
@Slereah you mentioned a QM book from a signal processing standpoint...any chance you have the title? Or is it a worthwhile read?
without any good understanding of them
@danielunderwood Caractère quantique matière et rayonnement
maybe not ideal for you
but then again, teaching QM as just wave mechanics is no revolutionary method
Especially in older textbooks
4:19 PM
ah yes it sounds like it may be a bit of a difficult read for me
My QM courses kind of started with wave mechanics, but it always seemed pretty hand wavey
Modern textbooks try to do it more from the abstract Hilbert space standpoint I suppose
@Slereah theres some very strong consensus against new ideas, it cannot be dismissed lol
I think that's the way Dirac begins as well? Though I got distracted and swapped to something different while reading that
I think modern day physics is mostly fine with new weird ideas
The whole relativity/QM shenanigan has given most physicist the impression that physics may have to get weird
some theories tend to be thrown out due to being shown wrong again and again
They may be patched up or not, I don't know
but I don't think you particularly care
you are at heart a contrarian
new theories always have a key element contrary to existing paradigms, its unavoidable... ofc do care about science/ physics... science/ physics means different things to different people, even scientists/ physicists...
4:27 PM
Literally the very first thing one has to confront with their new theory is QFT i.e. relativity and QM, address all the issues QM+SR bring up, which are crazy things
A simple thing is - does your new theory say anything about Compton scattering, if it doesn't your theory is a total waste of time basically
I'm simply amazed people haven't bluffed BM to account for QFT yet
oh they tried
But Bohm isn't very nice to adapt to that
for fairly obvious reasons
Yeah, but from what I've seen they seem to keep trying by starting from the non-relativistic schrodinger equation (ahaha)
well what else can they do
the theory is perfectly relativistic in the non relativistic limit
The pilot wave violates causality
Bad starting point
There's a paper on arxiv that attempts it if you want
4:30 PM
This should be the end of BM if the starting point is so tied to the Galilean group, idk if they even know it is
I feel like it is eminently bluffable to repeat what they do (or want to do) with the Poincare group
"QFT as pilot-wave theory of particle creation and destruction"
"Pilot-wave theory and quantum fields"
"The De Broglie-Bohm theory of motion and quantum field theory"
there's a few papers
though from what I remember they're kind of vague sketches
"Bohmian-type QFT and Malament no-go theorem"
o no not Malament
4:47 PM
I'm not sure what to make of BM papers such as these, like on the second page it seems like fundamental misunderstandings are made, e.g. wanting wave function probability distributions in QFT and claiming a generalization to spacetime is an 'advance' when e.g. photon position-space wave functions demonstrably do not even exist in QFT
Well you know
Most physicists misunderstand qft
It is usually poorly explained
5:17 PM
Another thing is the claim about making multi-particle QM consistent with creation and annihilation of particles, like the formalism is already consistent, in terms of the formalism you're kind of only talking about whether your theory has conservation or non-conservation of particle number, seems like the issue is
"How to make a theory that describes deterministic continuous tra-jectories compatible with the idea that a trajectory may have a singular point at which the trajectory begins or ends?"
Q: Referring people with SR-questions to test-bodies in the Schwarzschild solution?

AgerhellI guess mostly because of how relativity is taught in schools, with a strong focus on the sometimes "unfinished" theory of special relativity and then a little bit on general relativity there are in my opinion a lot of questions on this site that could be answered by treating the effects (mostly ...

i.e. a conceptual thing, but if BM has issues with something so fundamental the whole thing is clearly nonsense, so again I really don't understand why they can't bluff BM better since the formalism they use should allow it
5:30 PM
Trying to mix the poorly understood QFT and the poorly understood quantum interpretation isn't a very good recipe
I would only trust an insane person like Malament to do such a thing
@Slereah I think the problem, in the end, is that QFT is rather young, so we usually teach it "historically". If we'd teach Newtonian mechanics relying on the original Newton's texts, it would also look very different. There haven't been enough generations of physicists learning QFT to complete the cultural evolution of the pedagogy into a form that is best suited to learn it from scratch
i'm having a bit of a misunderstanding with how renormalization works for qubit measurement. so when you measure a single qubit out of, say, a two qubit state, i know you create a projection matrix based upon the measurement results to remove the inconsistent states.
in my case, in my simulator i create a two qubit system in a zero state, apply a hadamard gate, and then measure the first qubit, and say the first qubit collapses to a 1 state
then the projection matrix is $\begin{bmatrix}0&0&0&0 \\ 0&1&0&0 \\ 0&0&0&0 \\ 0&0&0&1 \end{bmatrix}$
is this correct so far?
Depends on what the basis for that matrix is :P
[and then i would multiply the projection matrix by the q state - in this case $\begin{bmatrix}1/\sqrt{2} \\ 0 \\ 1/\sqrt{2} \\ 0\end{bmatrix}$
(I'm not into q. information, so I don't know if there's a canonical choice)
5:45 PM
@ACuriousMind i'm using 00, 01, 10, 11 which as i understand is the standard basis
then the projection matrix is correct
okay, so that happens, and then you normalize the state, right? so $1/\sqrt{\text{norm}}$ times the qubit state (which has been multiplied by the projection matrix)?
i'm just getting a divide by zero error in my code, so i know i'm doing something wrong somewhere in the process.
i think i must be incorrectly calculating the norm
no, that looks right too...
is the norm calculated based upon the original qubit state, or based upon the qubit state multiplied by the projection matrix?
but if it's calculated upon the original state, it would always just be one, so that doesn't make sense.
the problem is when i multiply the projection matrix by the qubit state, i just get $\begin{bmatrix}0\\0\\0\\0\end{bmatrix}$
and then i get a norm of 0...
@bolbteppa I'd argue that you could create such a photon state, with some work, but doing anything with it would be rather hard :P
(Or at least, some reasonably reasonable approximation, in at least some situations)
Oh wait, bother this - we're back to 'it depends on what you mean by a photon' again...
@heather the latter
6:03 PM
@Mithrandir24601 okay...that makes sense...argh, can't figure out what i'm doing wrong =P
@heather ah, then, either something is wrong, or there's zero probability of getting the state you're trying to get
@Mithrandir24601 there's not zero probability of the first qubit becoming one, i don't think
@heather apply H to which qubits?
@Mithrandir24601 first qubit
@heather I'm trying to figure out what the projection operator is :P (I'm on mobile)
6:07 PM
@Mithrandir24601 diagonal matrix with the 1s only on the second row and fourth row - everything else is zero.
@heather I believe you're trying to project the 2nd qubit into state 1
crap you're right
that explains a lot of things =P
@heather possibly :P
@Mithrandir24601 i was wondering why my measurement results were so screwy, lol
there we go
it was an indexing error, so it was looking at the acceptable basis states if the second qubit was one, not the first
Hmm, so that's what an indexing error looks like in quprogramming
6:14 PM
er...i don't know if it is, i'm writing a simulator, not using qasm
you can look at it here if you want
it's actually reasonably close to done with the ideal part...just one more bug i have to nail down, then it'll be usable...and then i have improvements i want to make beyond that.
e.g., custom parser for user input in one spot so there's no use of eval().
Hey folks
Oh yeah, @heather did I ever mention that they're happy with you applying to the Bristol summer school, if you want - they're more concerned about 'not started uni' over exact details about what exams you have/haven't done. I was told to mention that it's just ran by busy students, so it's not going to be anywhere near perfect or anything, considering you're so far away
@Mithrandir24601 oh, no you didn't...it's probably too late to apply now though
and yeah, i'd have to travel all the way there so =/
unfortunate though, because it's sounds super cool
@heather don't let that stop you
if it's past deadline then don't take it hard if they say no
but there's rarely harm in trying
or at least getting in touch
...actually it's not even past deadline, wow
6:30 PM
@heather so go for it
Bristol is awesome
@EmilioPisanty i'd like to; i'll talk to my parents about it. remember i live in the u.s. so there would be somewhat significant travel expenses
@heather yes, I know
have you been to the UK? To Europe? Outside the US?
@heather deadline is the 31st May. I won't lie - having someone from so far away would just add pressure on them, so if you did apply, they might say no as they don't want more pressure, but they might say yes, as getting someone from outside Europe kind of makes it a 'bigger' event
@EmilioPisanty yes, yes, and yes
i've been very lucky in that respect
@knzhou what's with $\epsilon_{abcd}\epsilon^{efgh}=-\delta^{efgh}_{abcd}$ here? It looks dead wrong to me. Why should the efgh slots care about what's happening on the abcd slots?
@heather ah, so you don't have the novelty aspect when arguing for why you should go =P
6:35 PM
@EmilioPisanty The generalized Kronecker says "the top 4 entries have to be the same set as the bottom 4", with an extra sign for permutations between them.
The two epsilons mean that abcd and efgh both have to be permutations of (0, 1, 2, 3).
But yeah, Bristol's great - we have a big lab (and some smaller ones) and feedback has been really good since it started. It's a long journey through. :P
It's not really that abcd and efgh are related, but that they just happen to be constrained in the same way.
@Mithrandir24601 yeah, i'll talk to my parents about it for sure =)
\o @SirCumference
@knzhou hmmmmm.
OK, so it's not that the formula is wrong, it's just that the object on the right makes no sense
6:38 PM
It's not nonsensical, it's just kind of unusual! You can see it defined this way in, e.g. Schutz's Geometrical Methods.
Also it wouldn't work if the number of indices on each epsilon wasn't equal to the dimension, so it's kind of fragile.
@knzhou mostly, I don't see the justification for using the symbol $\delta$ on an antisymmetric object
The idea is something like - if $\varepsilon_{abcd} = \delta_{abcd}^{1234}$ then $\varepsilon_{abcd} \varepsilon^{efgh} = \delta_{abcd}^{1234} \delta^{efgh}_{1234} = \delta^{efgh}_{abcd}$
It is pretty weird! But you can define it however you want, I guess.
Should be a minus due to the Lorentz metric, hmm
@knzhou you can define your notation however you want, but if you define misleading notation then your notation is misleading
6:40 PM
With regards to this question I feel like we should modify the non-mainstream reason to "non-mainstream, or is quantum gravity"...
In mathematics, the Kronecker delta (named after Leopold Kronecker) is a function of two variables, usually just non-negative integers. The function is 1 if the variables are equal, and 0 otherwise: δ i j = { 0 if i ≠ j ,...
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I don't think we can make a credible case that the OP's quantum gravity thing is wrong. But nobody can make a credible case that it's right either.
Most of our quantum gravity questions end up turning out that way...
@knzhou I can make a credible case that OP's post makes no sense at all
I hear far vaguer things from real quantum gravity researchers all the time, though.
Basically we would need a criterion that is powerful enough to say that is wrong, but not say that, e.g. this is wrong.
> We reject here the concept of universe as machine not least
because it "has to postulate explicitly or implicitly, a supermachine, a scheme,
a device, a miracle, which will turn out universes in infinite variety and infinite
number. [...] This circumstance reminds us anew that no account of existence can ever hope to rate as fundamental which does not translate all of continuum physics into the language of bits.
@Mithrandir24601 another question for you - is the standard basis for 3 qubits 000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111?
6:49 PM
@knzhou I wish I could disagree with you there...
@heather yep
@Mithrandir24601 sweet, thank you
I've wondered before what writing the basis in Gray code would make easier/harder, especially for photonics
@skullpetrol How's life
Still alive @SirCumference how about you pal?
6:55 PM
@heather more generally, the standard basis follows the standard order of its binary digits (i.e. 011 goes before 100 because 3 goes before 4)
@EmilioPisanty ah, okay.
@Slereah bad EU ref exit results in France so far :\
@skullpatrol Same, just relaxing for once
Summer break is very welcome
7:26 PM
Hello from London
@bolbteppa oof
@Semiclassical for how long will you be there?
8:20 PM
Why is Feynman so admired? I mean, I haven't heard anything about this guy.
@NovaliumCompany He was one of the fathers of quantum electrodynamics, which is to date our best theory for the quantum behaviour of charged particles, and of the path integral approach. He was also a bit of a showman :P
@NovaliumCompany He was (a) a very good physicist, (b) a good communicator, and (c) a character who was not in the least adverse to a little self-promotion.
It's the last two that separate him from most other physicists of his caliber.
Many really great physicists are not particularly interested in popularization and communication with the lay masses. And most of those who are communicators are not—in and of themselves—really interesting people: they just present some interesting stuff.
I think there's an interview with Gell-Mann where he complains about Feynman getting all of the fame
Then again, Gell-Mann was known to be something of a curmudgeon :P
8:36 PM
@NovaliumCompany This short article will give you a taste of Feynman's style. Although it was written about Brazil over half a century ago, the topic is still important in many regions today. v.cx/2010/04/feynman-brazil-education
@ACuriousMind He was certainly in a grumpy mood the time I met him.
@dmckee are you using em dashes in chat?
And my advisor said that was par for the course.
@EmilioPisanty They are easy to type on a mac. Option-shift-hyphen.
@dmckee huh
go figure
I get hugely frustrated about the difficulty of getting them on other platforms.
8:38 PM
@dmckee you know, they're not that important
But you should read his book QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter and the autobiographical Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
@EmilioPisanty I should know. I tell myself that. I just find that I still care.
@dmckee and d) an extremely unpleasant person
@EmilioPisanty my return flight is noon Friday
@Mithrandir24601 I've heard that from time to time. I sounds to me like you were either under his spell or baffled by how other people fell for it.
8:41 PM
@dmckee I heard about it, was it second-hand?
Sounded horrible
@Semiclassical I'm there from Tuesday through Saturday, with some time to kill, particularly Tuesday. If you're up for it, get in touch and we can get coffee or some such.
(possibly third-hand, I've forgotten)
en dash is easy enough on *nix systems, using the Compose key. fsymbols.com/keyboard/linux/compose
I'll hopefully be back in Bristol at some point this week
But then, neither of you will probably be near Bristol
@Mithrandir24601 That was meant to be a generic you, so I meant "People were either under his spell or ..."
8:45 PM
@dmckee Ahh, I see, yeah
But yeah, getting people to believe in you doesn't excuse atrocious behaviour that would at the absolute least deserve to get you fired today
(that was also a generic you :P )
@Mithrandir24601 I'll be back in the UK in August, get the structured-light group at Bristol to invite me to give a seminar and I'll be happy to oblige ;-)
@EmilioPisanty I...think you responded to the wrong message :P
@ACuriousMind uh
no I didn't
@EmilioPisanty Excellent! How does Thursday lunchtime sound?
(I'll need to ask, but we have a weekly seminar then and there's free pizza)
@Mithrandir24601 that trip is still a formless blob right now =P
8:52 PM
(also won't specifically be the structured-light group, but either 'photonics' or generic QETlabs)
@EmilioPisanty I'll ask whoever the right person to ask is when I get back to Bristol then :)
@EmilioPisanty hmm, that’d be interesting
I need to reserve one day for going out to west England—there’s something I want to see out there—but I’m pretty flexible beyond that
@Mithrandir24601 I need to be in the Liverpool area, and I'd like to visit Birmingham, but it's all essentially still in the air at this point. Any opportunity to talk about arXiv:1808.05193 is welcome; at Bristol the highest interest will be in the Light and Matter Theory group, primarily Knots in Physics and Wave Geometry & Optical Field Theory. But I would definitely also like to visit the quantum photonics side :-).
@EmilioPisanty Ahh, that group - I know one of the postdocs, so if she's still around then, I'll ask her
Let me know how that modifies the schedule. Like I said, my schedule is flexible for the moment
@Mithrandir24601 maybe I'm reading the group layout wrong, though -- it's entirely possible that Mark Dennis is no longer around at all and neither is Michael Berry, and the topics I want to tap into have partly or mostly dissipated. Or maybe they're still going strong. I should have a better sense in mid-June. In either case, it'd still be awesome to visit, and there's a good window in August.
@Semiclassical If it works for you, Tuesday is best for me, I reckon. Email me and we can work it out from there =).
9:08 PM
@EmilioPisanty Mark Dennis is now in Birmingham (as of a few months ago) but Michael Berry still pops in now and again
I’ll see what I can do, yeah
@Mithrandir24601 btw what's wrong with the personnel links on the Bristol website? every link to a non-PI person's name on the sidebar at bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/theory/research/geometrical is broken
@EmilioPisanty Huh. I don't actually know. Strange
¯\ _(ツ)_/¯
@EmilioPisanty It's telling you to not care about non-PIs :P
9:12 PM
@ACuriousMind :'(
@Mithrandir24601 maybe everyone there has actually graduated, and it's the sidebar that's wrong?
@EmilioPisanty Entirely possible - the list of PhD theses hasn't been updated in years
@Mithrandir24601 presumably they'd be in the central repository, though, right?
I searched there but couldn't find anything
@EmilioPisanty So Mithrandir is The Last Grad Student?
9:21 PM
@ACuriousMind maybe they haven't graduated any PhD students since 2011
you never know
Jeez, I graduated high school in 2011 :P
Time flies
@EmilioPisanty They're... Somewhere... I've never really looked ::cough:: The name Danica rings a bell though, so if it's outdated, I don't think it's that outdated
@Mithrandir24601 the Dennis group page marks her as already graduated
@EmilioPisanty I know Teunja - she finished within the past year (I hope she doesn't mind me saying this) and isn't listed on any of those pages that I can find
@Mithrandir24601 is she still at Bristol?
9:26 PM
@EmilioPisanty Yep
She's actually the one I sent a message to mentioning that you might be interested in giving a talk :P
@Mithrandir24601 so her thesis is indeed listed research-information.bristol.ac.uk/en/theses/…
Danica Sugic's isn't
@EmilioPisanty I feel that I should actually read that, or the abstract and conclusion anyway :P
10:11 PM
Taking a moment to remember the name school and affiliation of every physics professor whose ever thought less of me.
Now back to enjoying the breeze and cloudy day
10:37 PM
For those interested, I've written a quantum computer simulator that is now reasonably ready for use. If anyone's willing to help test it, I'd very much appreciate it! Feel free to ping me with any questions =)
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