Mathematics 24, Section 1

Classical and quantum walks (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor F. Alberto Grunbaum
Thursday 10:00-12:00, 939 Evans Hall, Class number: 21712

Random walks (whatever they are) have been used as models to understand all sorts of phenomena. More recently this has been enriched with the introduction of so-called "quantum walks." I will explain what this is all about and illustrate some of the surprising results one can explain with these tools by looking at the so-called Parrondo's paradox (you may want to Google this one).

Instructor Bio

Alberto Grunbaum has taught in Berkeley starting in 1974. Previously he has taught at New York University and Caltech. He is a regular visiting faculty in several places of Europe, China, and South America.

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All students in the physical sciences, economics or people in the social sciences who are interested in quantitative reasoning are welcome to the course.