Scientific Multiculturalism in Informatics

Charles H. Bennett

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Jeudi 13 octobre, 15 h 15
Salle S1-151 du pavillon Jean-Coutu

Physicists, mathematicians and engineers, guided by what has worked well in their respective disciplines, acquire different scientific tastes, different notions of what constitutes an interesting, well-posed problem or an adequate solution. While this has led to some frustrating misunderstandings, it has invigorated the theory of communication and computation, enabling it to outgrow its brash beginnings with Turing, Shannon and von Neumann, and develop its own mature scientific taste, adopting and domesticating ideas from thermodynamics and quantum mechanics that physicists had mistakenly thought belonged solely to their field.

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