Things I Saw in Stony Brook: The Simons Center, Continued

This week a conference on quantum computing (which is rapidly becoming a new interest of mine) is being held at our new Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. It’s given me an excuse to take some pictures of the inside of the building, which is really quite beautiful. It’s such a great place, and the photos don’t do it justice, but if you’re curious, you can take a quick, virtual tour below the fold.

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If I May Brag on Behalf of My School for a Moment

One of the tangentially fun things about being at Stony Brook is the sort of “David and Goliath” fun of knowing that, in spite of being a smaller, state-funded school, we sport an excellent physics department with enough clout to attract visitors and speakers from all of the “big name” universities around the world. That’s something most schools can’t do, even some of the other public universities that are known for their physics programs. Even Colorado, while home to a lot of excellent physicists, didn’t manage to attract the big-name guys elsewhere as speakers very often.

That’s why I’m excited about what’s happening tomorrow, as our (literally) shiny new building, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, opens for the first time and holds its inaugural conference on mathematical physics. Read more of this post