Modified: *Apr 2017*; Status: *perpetually in progress*

**Focused readings**

- A Calculation of \(SO(8)\) Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, Barnes, Jarvis and Ketley 1978
- Gelfand pairs and spherical functions; Jean Dieudonné
- Universal quantum computation with little entanglement, Van den Nest 2013
- Emily Esfahani Smith,
*The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters*

**Links**

Physics and mathematics

- Cartan decomposition in quantum information theory, D’Alessandro and Albertini 2007
- A Lie-algebraic measure for squeezing, Idel, Lercher andWolf 2016
- Lectures on geometric constructions of the irreducible representations of \(GL(n)\), Kamnitzer
- Riemann hypothesis: is Bender-Brody-Müller Hamiltonian a new line of attack?; “As long as physicists use algebra, or algorithmic arguments, they can find outstanding results. But when it comes to analysis, they may loose their judgment, and grave mistakes show up at the corner. Analysis is not easily amenable to algorithmic descriptions. And this is precisely where the power of Mathematics lies: by manipulating infinities, Mathematics goes way beyond the Church-Turing definition of computability. And what is Analysis if not manipulating infinities, through limits, convergence and the likes?”

Psychology, biology, and statistics

- The laws of life
- Mice’s memories are formed rapidly and simultaneously in the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus
- Invisible manipulators of your mind

Sunstein and Thaler have described the political philosophy of such interventions as Libertarian Paternalism. It is “libertarian” because they do not impose mandates to narrow people’s choice, but merely frame choices or provide incentives that tend to make people “better off, as judged by themselves.” Their claim is that this form of influence, albeit often unconscious, is not manipulative or coercive because the possibility of a person choosing differently is not closed down." “The deeper concern that Lewis’s happy narrative omits entirely is that behavioral scientists claim to have developed the capacity to manipulate people’s emotional lives in ways that shape their fundamental preferences, values, and desires… The guiding idea for the World Well-Being Project is that we need not rely on our faulty subjective judgments about what will make us happy or what path in life will give us a sense of meaning.2 But if those studying behavioral influence are targeting the form of well-being that we value and the kind of happiness we seek, then it is harder to see how people’s being “better off, as judged by themselves” genuinely preserves their freedom.”"

Whatever the truth of Cambridge Analytica’s claims, the very existence of such companies tells us something important about the weight that unconscious influence, relative to reasoned argument, now plays in political campaigns… By now, behavioral strategies are in the open and are ubiquitous. The term “propaganda” has been replaced by “a behavioral approach to persuasive communication with quantifiable results.”

Politics

Others

- Thinking about thinking, David Chapman; I was looking for a resource recommendation about thinking about thinking and expected to find Richard Feynman, Edwin Jaynes, and Paul Graham mentioned in the same place

Games

- Samitto (CH) vs En (SL), Taka (SL), Nage (FA), FAB (PO)
- Sharon (BA)
- Hase (SL) vs 310 (VE), Karinchu (JO) vs Nage (FA)
- Tomo (LE) vs Chachacha (KU): commentary

Manga

- High Score Girl, Oshikiri Rensuke

**Focused readings**

- Homogeneous Kähler Manifolds: Paving the Way Towards New Supersymmetric Sigma Models, Bordemann, Forger and Römer 1986; A readable account on when a homogeneous space is Kähler i.e. has compatible Riemannian and symplectic structures
- On discrete structures in finite Hilbert spaces, Bengtsson and Zyczkowski 2017; To be added in the second edition of
*Geometry of Quantum States*; I appreciate that they include that phase point operators for the odd dimensional discrete Wigner function are Clifford operators, the fact I had seen only in Huangjun Zhu’s paper - SIC-POVMs and the extended Clifford group, Appleby 2005
- Properties of the extended Clifford group with applications to SIC-POVMs and MUBs, Appleby 2009
- Discrete Wigner Function Derivation of the Aaronson-Gottesman Tableau Algorithm, Kocia, Huang, Love 2017
- Frame representations of quantum mechanics and the necessity of negativity in quasi-probability representations, Ferrie and Emerson 2008 (Reread)
- Negativity and contextuality are equivalent notions of nonclassicality, Spekkens 2008 (Reread)
- Contextuality for preparations, transformations, and unsharp measurements, Spekkens 2005
- Contextuality of Identical Particles, Kurzynski 2017

Physics and mathematics

- Flag manifolds, Alekseevsky 1996
- Lie group actions on manifolds, Jürgen Berndt
- Is Verlinde’s emergent gravity compatible with general relativity?
- D-Wave/Google news
- The quantum computer FAQ

Psychology, biology, and statistics

- Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul
- The accusation of p-hacking finally gets to Wansink and things look really bad for researchers associated with him

Politics

- Guided by the Beauty of Our Weapon; “Logical debate has one advantage over narrative, rhetoric, and violence: it’s an asymmetric weapon. That is, it’s a weapon which is stronger in the hands of the good guys than in the hands of the bad guys. In ideal conditions (which may or may not ever happen in real life) – the kind of conditions where everyone is charitable and intelligent and wise – the good guys will be able to present stronger evidence, cite more experts, and invoke more compelling moral principles. The whole point of logic is that, when done right, it can only prove things that are true… If you want people to be right more often than chance, you have to teach them ways to distinguish truth from falsehood. If this is in the face of enemy action, you will have to teach them so well that they cannot be fooled. You will have to do it person by person until the signal is strong and clear. You will have to raise the sanity waterline. There is no shortcut.”
- Book review:
*Seeing Like a State*

Manga

- Trash Vol. 1-5, Kenji Yamamoto (Story), D.P. (Art); An ultra-violent manga with good art

Games

- Ikegami (Bang); Niconico tag: もう優勝でいいというコンボ (“A combo that should make you a champion already”), the meme originated from the phrase uttered by a-cho announcer KaKyu at Arc Revolution Cup 2013
- もう全員優勝でいい大会 (“Everyone should just be a champion already” tournament) at a-cho in Osaka
- Tomo (LE) vs Yosuke (AX) FT10: commentary
- Tomo (LE) vs Isamu (VE)
- Omito (JO), Tomo (LE), Zadi (RV); Omito, arguably the strongest Johnny player, participates in Mikado’s team tournament along with the strongest Leo and Raven players

**Focused readings**

- The Bloch-Messiah reduction
- Extending matchgates into universal quantum computation, Brod and Galvão 2011
- Geometric theory of nonlocal two-qubit operations, Zhang
*et al.*2003 - Quantum Contextuality with Stabilizer States, Howard, Brennan and Vala 2013
- Hidden variables and the two theorems of John Bell, Mermin 1993 (Reread)
- Coherent states in the fermionic Fock space, Oeckl 2014 (Reread)
- Some special isomorphisms of Lie algebras in low dimensions, Yung
- Gelfand Pairs, Representation Theory of the Symmetric Group, and the Theory of Spherical Functions, Ryan 2014

**Links**

Physics and mathematics

- The Laws of Large Numbers Compared, Verhoeff
- QIP 2017 videos
- Harmonic Analysis as the Exploitation of Symmetry – A Historical Survey, Mackey 1980
- Between classical and quantum, Landsman 2005
- What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments

Psychology, biology, and statistics

- Five big mysteries about CRISPR’s origins
- Kahnemann: “I placed too much faith in underpowered studies”
- Measurement error and the replication crisis
- The “What does not kill my statistical significance makes it stronger” fallacy
- More on Wansink.
- The Statistical Crisis in Science: The Cult of P, Debrouwere and Goetghebeur 2016

Politics

- 1985 vs Brave New World; “Americans had mistakenly feared and obsessed over the vision portrayed in the latter book (an information-censoring, movement-restricting, individuality-emaciating state) rather than the former (a technology-sedating, consumption-engorging, instant-gratifying bubble)”

Others

Manga

*Sesuji wo Pin! to*Vol.1-9, Takuma Yokota; an incredibly uplifting shounen manga about competitive dancing

Games

Mikaten FT10

- Samitto (CH) vs Nage (FA)
- Haaken (SO) vs Karinchu (JO); What’s with all the Dragon Installs and trading standing Dust midscreen?
- Haaken (SO) vs Kazuki (DI)

**Focused readings**

*Personality*, Daniel Nettle; Excerpt with comments- Introduction to Categories in
*Introduction to Representation Theory*, Etingof*et al.*2011 - A Survey on Representation Theory, Aguilar 2015
- Lie Groups and Representations: Math G4344, Woit; in particular, Homogeneous Vector Bundles and Induced Representations, Induced representations and Frobenius Reciprocity and The Peter-Weyl Theorem
- Generalizations of entanglement based on coherent states and convex sets, Barnum, Knill, Ortiz and Viola 2003

**Links**

Physics and mathematics

- Topological Quantum Computing, Roy and DiVincenzo 2017
- The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics, Weinberg; the last idea was laid out in Linblad decoherence in atomic clocks
- Ostrogradskian’s instability; an oft-cited explanation of why equations of motions in physics do not depend on time derivatives higher than two
- Introduction to Symplectic Manifolds
- Notes on symplectic geometry for physics, Gary W. Gibbons
- Moment map for physicists
- Invariance in Physics and Group Theory, Zuber 2012; Long version
- A comparative review of recent researches in geometry, Klein 1872; Klein’s posthumous arXiv submission
- What, precisely, does Klein’s Erlangen Program state?; “[Riemannian philosophy (to study those features of a Riemannian manifold that are invariant with respect to change of coordinates)] is to the original Kleinian philosophy as the general principle of relativity is to the special principle of relativity.”
- The rank of a symmetric space; “At some point Gelfand asked me”What is the rank of a symmetric space" and I just spat back the usual definition… Gelfand shook his head as if I had said something really stupid and proceeded to explain."
- LieART – A Mathematica Application for Lie Algebras and Representation Theory, Feger and Kephart 2014
- A history of the decomposition of tensor products
- Category theory for beginners

Computer science

- Graph isomorphism update; Harald Helfgott found an error in László Babai’s algorithm for Graph Isomorphism. Babai withdrew the quasi-polynomial claim on January 4 only to find a fix and restore the claim on January 9.
- \(P \stackrel{?}{=} NP\), Aaronson 2017; a survey
- Magic: The Gathering is Turing Complete

Psychology, biology, and statistics

- Healthy Eating Plate; “The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists.”
- Post-publication peer review: How it (sometimes) really works; on Kanai
*et al.*2011 and Schreiber*et al.*2013 publications about cognitive difference between liberals and conservatives - Statistical heartburn: An attempt to digest four pizza publications from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab
- Anscombe’s quartet; four very different data sets with similar summary statistics including Pearson’s correlation coefficient

Politics

- ไม่ขวาแล้วจะไปไหน อยู่อย่างไรในโลกไร้ความจริง, ประจักษ์ ก้องกีรติ (Prajak Kongkirati)

Games

Mikaten FT10

Manga

*nacuN*Vol. 1-2, Daisaku Tsuru

**Focused readings**

- Phase space formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum state reconstruction of physical systems with Lie-group symmetries, Brif and Mann 1999 (Reread)
*An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory*, Michael Peskin and Daniel Schroeder 1995; (Chapter 1-7) Pros: 1. Jumps right into QFT 2. Has everything, as it is often cited by other textbooks. Cons: 1. Jumps right into QFT without a preparation on special relativity and representation theory 2. Has everything but you can’t find it until you already know what to look for. Hard to grasp a big picture*A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory*, Michele Maggiore 2005; Cons: Does not jump right into QFT. Pros: 1. Does not jump right into QFT but prepare a reader with special relativity and representation theory 2. Concise and modern (teaches the Wilsonian viewpoint of renormalization with block spin renormalization)- TikZ-Feynman and Simpler-Wick LaTeX packages, Ellis 2015
*Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity*, John Baez and Javier Muniain 1994 (Part 1-2); Strikes a good balance between rigorous math and physicists’ math. Doubles as a quick introduction to differential geometry- Chern-Simons quantum field theories in
*Introduction to Topological Quantum Computation*, Jiannis Pachos 2012

**Links**

Physics and mathematics

- What Does Any of This Have To Do with Physics; A memoir on the disillusion of an overly romantic view of theoretical physics by a former graduate student
- The Talk, Scott Aaronson and SMBC; “If you don’t talk to your kids about quantum computing… someone else will.”
- Scientists are [closer] to building a quantum computer that can beat a conventional one; IonQ, a new quantum computing startup and Chris Monroe
- The Trouble with Quantum Computing
- Foundational theories in topological physics garner Nobel Prize; The history leading to discoveries of the Kosterlitz–Thouless transition and the Haldane gap
- Topology in Condensed Matter
- What are Quantum Groups?; “Quantum groups arise as algebraic structures in which R-matrices satisfying the Yang–Baxter equation naturally arise. These solutions to the Yang–Baxter equation give rise to new families of commuting transfer matrices, and therefore to new exactly solvable models describing new types of phase transitions.”
- 25 Years of Topological Quantum Field Theory and “Chern-Simons-Witten, Some History”
- Notes on the path integral method, Matthias Blau
- Visualizing the Riemann zeta function and analytic continuation

Music

- All Touhou Kanjuden ~ Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom themes, Marasy (Piano)

Manga

*Isekai Izayaka Nobu*Vol. 1-2, Natsuya Semikawa

Anime

*Ghost in the Shell (1995)*, Production I.G., Mamoru Oshii (Director)*Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable*, David Production

**Focused readings**

- The Group Theoretical Structure of Fermion Many-Body Systems Arising from the Canonical Anticommutation Relation, Fukutome 1981
- Frames, designs, and spherical codes in quantum information theory, Renes 2004
- Evenly distributed unitaries: on the structure of unitary designs, Gross, Audenaert and Eisert 2007
- The Clifford group fails gracefully to be a unitary 4-design, Zhu, Kueng, Grassl and Gross 2016

**Links**

Physics and mathematics

- Notes on Koopman von Neumann Mechanics, and a Step Beyond, Wilczek 2015; Basically a quantum-mechanics-free-subsystem
- Adiabatic Quantum Computing, Albash and Lidar 2016

Psychology, biology, and statistics

- What has happened down here is the winds have changed; A timeline of the reproducibility crisis in social psychology

Politics

Manga

*Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari*Vol. 1-6, Yusaki Aneko*Nanamaru Sanbatsu*Vol. 1-6, Iqura Sugimoto; The artist of*Summer Wars*manga

Games