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Some years ago, I was down and out about where I had ended up in life. I had a pure research position, it was true, but it was at Bell Labs. Bell Labs was once a prestigious institute with six physics Nobel prizes under its belt and a great many scientific discoveries beyond that – for instance, it is where Claude Shannon invented information theory – but that was its history by my time, not its promise. Within two years of my joining Bell Labs, it was very clearly crumbling beneath me. I knew that I had to leave eventually, but to where?

I have been so worried. I saw that you still have your wedding ring, so that must not be your trouble. ” I explained that I had only meant that no university seemed to want me. Abner said, “Is that all?! When I return home, I will talk to the chairman of my department. ” There is a reason so many people love Abner. John Smolin: John is a quantum information theorist at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York, with a generational sense of humor that works well on me. Imagine a bizarre episode of The Simpsons – I sometimes get the feeling John really lives in a world like that.

These structures are so important that even if they do not exist, they ought to! Mary Beth Ruskai: Beth Ruskai is a mathematical physicist par excellence. She recently retired from a long professorship of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and currently holds the more leisurely title of research professor at Tufts University. Beth’s early fame came from proving the long-open conjecture of strong subadditivity for quantum entropy with Elliott Lieb. Since 1998, she has posted any number of delicate studies of the structure of quantum channels, entropies, and entanglement to the quant-ph archive.

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