initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Ana Achúcarro & Luca Giomi (read about its history)

Dinner participants: 80


Seth Lloyd


June 05

7:30 p.m.


Quantum computing past, present, and future

Quantum computers store and process information at the level of individual atoms, photons, and spins. The strange and counter-intuitive nature of quantum mechanics allows quantum computers to perform computations in ways that classical computers can't. This talk reviews the history of quantum computing, including how they can be constructed, and why quantum algorithms give exponential speed ups over their classical counterparts. The talk presents the current state of the art in experimental realizations of quantum computers and quantum algorithms, and discusses various possible futures for quantum information processing.

The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium.

Recent colloquia have been recorded.

Meal registrations may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up.

Colloquium Ehrenfestii Program 2019

16 Jan

Ben Feringa (University of Groningen)

The Art of Building Small

13 Mar

Ruth Durrer (University of Geneva)

Testing General Relativity with Cosmological Observations

22 May

Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University)

The second kind of impossible

05 Jun

Seth Lloyd (MIT)

Quantum computing past, present, and future

25 Sep

François Graner (Paris Diderot University)


02 Oct

Christopher Jarzynski (University of Maryland)


06 Nov

Jo van den Brand (Nikhef/Virgo)


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