#
Peter Shor

#### Current Course

My Fall 2023 course is 18.424.
Here is the Course
Info page for last year
#### Quantum Computation Lecture Notes

Here are my lecture notes
from the fall 2022 course on quantum computation, 8.170/18.435.
#### Office Hours

Please see the websites for my courses.
### Publications:

Here is a list of some of my papers that
are available for downloading. Not all of them may be other places
on the web. These
were available electonically at my AT&T website, and I've put some of
them up on this website. The newer ones are mainly on the arXiv.
If there's one that you want that I don't have up, please email me.

My PhD thesis (scanned in) is
here.

### Interests:

My mathematical research is currently mainly in quantum computing and quantum
information theory, but I
am also interested in (and have in the past worked in) algorithms,
computational geometry, combinatorics, and probability theory.

### Other Stuff

I often get asked what are some good reference material about quantum
computation.
A good textbook for quantum computation is
Nielsen and Chuang.
A good textbook for quantum information theory is
Mark Wilde.
Good course notes on the web are available from
John
Preskill, which may eventually become a book, and from
Umesh Vazirani. I
previously had a link to David Mermin's course notes as well, but these
don't seem to be on the web anymore. They've been turned into
a book.

#### Poetry

##### Limericks and some humorous poems

Here is a quantum
computing limerick I wrote (and Volker Strassen's reply to it).

Here are some
self-referential limericks.

Here
is a self-referential Shakespearean sonnet.

Here
is a poem rebutting a myth about what makes New York City bagels so
good.

And here
is a poem about poetic meters (which might be best appreciated by poetry
nerds).
##### More poems

Here is *
This is no clockwork universe,* an original poem.

Here are two poems I wrote
for quantum computing skeptics.

Here is *The Quantum*,
that I wrote in celebration of quantum weirdness.

Here
is my poem *Addicted to Proof*, that was published in *The Mathematical
Intelligencer*.

Here is
*The Sound of Quantum Fluctuations in the Early Universe*,

Here is *An Agnostic Physicist Muses Upon
the Dawn.*

Here are three poems
I wrote about books by George R.R. Martin.

Here is a
nonsense-style poem inspired by a book by another of my favorite authors, the late Gene
Wolfe.

Here is *Landscape with
redwoods, snake, and California poppies,* an original poem.

##### Translations

Here is my
translation of
Heinrich Heine's poem *Die Lorelei*.

And here are my translations of Alphonse de Lamartine's wonderful French poems
*L'isolement*
and *Le
lac*.

Here is my
translation of
Charles Baudelaire's poem *Le Gouffre*.

Here
are translations of eight other poems of Baudelaire.
##### Poetry written by other people

Here is
one of my favorite poems, by Conrad Aiken, which is virtually unknown.
It's very appropriate for an
Easter poem, and I posted it for Easter 2018.

Jacqueline Osherow is a contemporary poet whom I really like.
One of my favorite poems of hers is Eclipses
of the Moon.

And here is a feminist fantasy poem by Elinor Wylie: Enchanter's Handmaiden,
posted (a few days late) for International Women's Day in 2024.
#### Mathematical Writing

I gave a talk about Minkowski's and Keller's cube tiling
conjectures, their motivations, and their eventual proof and disproof,
in the IAP Mathematics Lecture Series, on January 26, 2004. The
history of these conjectures is quite interesting, as Minkowski's original
conjecture was motivated by a question about Diophantine approximations,
but on the way to their resolutions, these conjectures mutated into questions
about tiling high dimensional spaces with cubes, about finite Abelian groups,
and about the structures of certain specific graphs.
The lecture notes are
here
(with some typos fixed 02-08-04).
The homework problems are
here.

### Past Courses:

For my recent courses, I have used the Canvas course management system and
MIT's Stellar course management system.
My older courses are archived
here.