From Archimedes to Quantum Supremacy


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May 26, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Scott Aaronson - University of Texas at Austin

I'll tell a mathematical story that runs from Archimedes' hat-box theorem of ~200BC (which he used to calculate the surface area of the sphere), to the properties of "Porter-Thomas" probability distributions, all the way to my and others' work establishing the theoretical foundations of Google's quantum supremacy experiment from this past fall.  While this admittedly has little to do with mathematical picture languages, there will be pictures of spheres.

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