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Hello from Singapore

edited August 16 in Chat

Hi - I made it to Singapore, I'm over my jet lag, my apartment is set up, I got an office in the Centre for Quantum Technologies, and I'm ensconced with a cup of coffee from the Quantum Café, so production of lectures will continue!

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There are also lots of nice comments that I need to reply to. But first, let me write a lecture.

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  • 1.
    edited August 13

    So cool! Queue up loads of bad jokes about 'entangling' oneself with caffeine etc. :) Are you working on Quantum related stuff while you're there (I guess I would assume based on the name) ?

    Comment Source:So cool! Queue up loads of bad jokes about 'entangling' oneself with caffeine etc. :) Are you working on Quantum related stuff while you're there (I guess I would assume based on the name) ?
  • 2.

    I spent 2010-2012 working at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and have been working there in the summers since then. I don't really work on quantum stuff any more when I'm there than I normally do. The director very kindly lets me do whatever I want.

    I do want to write a couple of papers about quantum theory, and it would make some sense for me to do it while I'm here.

    Comment Source:I spent 2010-2012 working at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and have been working there in the summers since then. I don't really work on quantum stuff any more when I'm there than I normally do. The director very kindly lets me do whatever I want. I _do_ want to write a couple of papers about quantum theory, and it would make some sense for me to do it while I'm here.
  • 3.

    They definitely do a lot of great research there, and I've seen quite a few papers from CQT when doing some of my own research in QC. Quantum in Singapore, a heck of a combo.

    Not too related, but I thought you and others might find it interesting, Roger Penrose gave a talk here yesterday afternoon, summarizing this paper.

    He delivered the talk with the aid of hand-drawn overhead projector sheets, which were really artistic (unfortunately the image is washed out):

    penrose-slides

    One of the best parts was watching Roger and Kip Thorne discuss CCC and these Hawking Points at the end of the talk:

    penrose-slides

    I'm not a cosmologist, but it was fascinating to hear about this view of the big bang, and why Roger doesn't like inflation too much :) For me, it was an interesting insight to see how much he relies on pictures when thinking.

    Comment Source:They definitely do a lot of great research there, and I've seen quite a few papers from CQT when doing some of my own research in QC. Quantum in Singapore, a heck of a combo. Not too related, but I thought you and others might find it interesting, Roger Penrose gave a talk here yesterday afternoon, summarizing [this paper](https://arxiv.org/pdf/1808.01740.pdf). He delivered the talk with the aid of hand-drawn overhead projector sheets, which were really artistic (unfortunately the image is washed out): ![penrose-slides](http://d38jwhuvz77yxg.cloudfront.net/penrose_slides.jpg) One of the best parts was watching Roger and Kip Thorne discuss CCC and these Hawking Points at the end of the talk: ![penrose-slides](http://d38jwhuvz77yxg.cloudfront.net/penrose_thorne.jpg) I'm not a cosmologist, but it was fascinating to hear about this view of the big bang, and why Roger doesn't like inflation too much :) For me, it was an interesting insight to see how much he relies on pictures when thinking.
  • 4.

    Quantum cafe..it seems a really hot spot for great ideas ... Roy , thanks for sharing information on Penrose´s paper. best

    Comment Source:Quantum cafe..it seems a really hot spot for great ideas ... Roy , thanks for sharing information on Penrose´s paper. best
  • 5.

    So do you now live in Singapore, or is this just temporary?

    Comment Source:So do you now live in Singapore, or is this just temporary?
  • 6.

    I'm just staying here until mid-September.

    My wife Lisa and I lived and worked in Singapore from 2010 to 2012. We had the opportunity to move here permanently but decided not to, and went back to teaching at U.C. Riverside. But we've been coming back to work here every summer since then. This may be the last time, and we're staying just a month and a week instead of all summer.

    It's a great place, with scenes ranging from tropical:

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    to Chinese:

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    to Indian, Malay and futuristic:

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    Comment Source:I'm just staying here until mid-September. My wife Lisa and I lived and worked in Singapore from 2010 to 2012. We had the opportunity to move here permanently but decided not to, and went back to teaching at U.C. Riverside. But we've been coming back to work here every summer since then. This may be the last time, and we're staying just a month and a week instead of all summer. It's a great place, with scenes ranging from tropical: <center><img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/diary/singapore/bukit_timah_nature_reserve_monitor_lizard_5.jpg"></center> to Chinese: <center><img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/diary/singapore/new_year_in_chinatown_5.jpg"></center> to Indian, Malay and futuristic: <center><img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/diary/singapore/keppel_island_towers_5.jpg"></center>
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