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DESCRIPTION:JHU/APL Colloquium - www.jhuapl.edu/colloquium\n\nTOPIC: Banan
aworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates\n\nSPEAKER: Jeffrey Bub\, Univ. of
Maryland\n\nWhat on earth do bananas have to do with quantum mechanics? F
rom a modern perspective\, quantum mechanics is about strangely counterint
uitive correlations between separated systems\, which can be exploited in
feats like quantum teleportation\, unbreakable cryptographic schemes\, and
computers with enormously enhanced computing power. Schrödinger coined t
he term "entanglement" to describe these bizarre correlations. Bananaworld
-- an imaginary island with "entangled" bananas -- brings to life the fas
cinating discoveries of the new field of quantum information without the m
athematical machinery of quantum mechanics. The connection with quantum co
rrelations is fully explained in sections written for the non-physicist re
ader with a serious interest in understanding the mysteries of the quantum
world. The result is a subversive but entertaining book that is accessibl
e and interesting to a wide range of readers\, with the novel thesis that
quantum mechanics is about the structure of information. What we have disc
overed is that the possibilities for representing\, manipulating\, and com
municating information are very different than we thought.\n\nJeffrey Bub
(PhD\, London) is a Distinguished University Professor and philosopher of
physics with a special interest in the conceptual foundations of quantum t
heory. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific and scholarly
journals and is the author of three books: Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics
for Primates (Oxford University Press\, 2016)\, Interpreting the Quantum
World (Cambridge University Press\, 1997\; revised paperback edition\, 199
9)\, which won the prestigious Lakatos Award in 1998 for providing a unifi
ed reconstruction and systematic assessment of quantum mechanics\, and The
Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Reidel\, 1974). He has held numerous
visiting positions\, most recently (in 2011) as Templeton Research Fellow
at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information\, University
of Vienna. His current research is focused on quantum foundations and quan
tum information. He was awarded the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarshi
p Prize in 2005 for his work in this area.\n \n \n\n
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\n\n**TOPIC:**** \; Bananaworld: Quantum
Mechanics for Primates**

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at on earth do bananas have to do with quantum mechanics? From a modern pe
rspective\, quantum mechanics is about strangely counterintuitive correlat
ions between separated systems\, which can be exploited in feats like quan
tum teleportation\, unbreakable cryptographic schemes\, and computers with
enormously enhanced computing power. Schrö
dinger coined the term "\;entanglement&q
uot\; to describe these bizarre correlations. Bananaworld -- an imaginary
island with "\;entangled"\; bananas -- brings to life the fascinat
ing discoveries of the new field of quantum information without the mathem
atical machinery of quantum mechanics. The connection with quantum correla
tions is fully explained in sections written for the non-physicist reader
with a serious interest in understanding the mysteries of the quantum worl
d. The result is a subversive but entertaining book that is accessible and
interesting to a wide range of readers\, with the novel thesis that quant
um mechanics is about the structure of information. What we have discovere
d is that the possibilities for representing\, manipulating\, and communic
ating information are very different than we thought.

\n\n

\n\n**Jeffrey Bub** (
PhD\, London) is a Distinguished University Professor and philosopher of p
hysics with a special interest in the conceptual foundations of quantum th
eory. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific and scholarly
journals and is the author of three books:* Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates*
(Oxford University Press\, 2016)\,* Interpreting the Quantum World*<
FONT FACE="Arial"> (Cambridge University Press\, 1997\; revised paperback
edition\, 1999)\, which won the prestigious Lakatos Award in 1998 for prov
iding a unified reconstruction and systematic assessment of quantum mechan
ics\, and* The Interpretatio
n of Quantum Mechanics* (Reidel\, 1974).
He has held numerous visiting positions\, most recently (in 2011) as Templ
eton Research Fellow at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Infor
mation\, University of Vienna. His current research is focused on quantum
foundations and quantum information. He was awarded the Kirwan Faculty Res
earch and Scholarship Prize in 2005 for his work in this area.

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