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What made you (continue to) want to write a book?

Many people have asked me why I decided to write a book. A better questions is: “When you realized that writing the book was going to be orders of magnitude harder and take much longer than you thought it would, what made you decide to continue writing the book?” My co-author, Wolfgang Polak, and I [...] → Read More: What made you (continue to) want to write a book?

A Gentle Introduction

Our book, Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction, has been out for a little over a month. So far, it has received as much attention from weaving blogs as science blogs, due to the card-woven bands on the cover. MIT press takes pride in their cover designs, but warns authors that  “schedules rarely allow for individual [...] → Read More: A Gentle Introduction

Want to help make computer science history?

Scott Aaronson has been asked by MIT to put together a list of the top 150 events in computer science history as part of the celebration of MIT’s 150th anniversary. You can vote on the potential entries here (you will need to register by providing a login name, password, and e-mail address). For more information [...] → Read More: Want to help make computer science history?

A magical way to learn computer science

Former FXPAL intern Jeremy Kubica’s Computational Fairy Tales is a fresh new entry into the blogosphere that introduces a unusual way to learn computer science: read a series of charming fairy tales. Each post contains a few sentences of introduction to a computer science concept followed by a fairy tale illustrating that concept. I particularly [...] → Read More: A magical way to learn computer science

Benoît Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

I am saddened to hear that Benoît Mandelbrot has passed away. His The Fractal Geometry of Nature excited and intrigued me when I was in high school, though I admit that while I, like many others, examined all the pictures, I read only scattered parts of the text. The talk of his I attended as [...] → Read More: Benoît Mandelbrot, 1924-2010