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- N David Mermin
- 2011

Two examples are given that substantially simplify the no-hidden-variables theorem of Kochen and Specker, greatly reducing the number of observables considered and requiring no intricate geometric argument. While one of the examples also obeys a more powerful version of Bell's theorem, the other does not. The examples provide a new perspective on both of… (More)

- N. David Mermin
- 2002

A strategy is suggested for teaching mathematically literate students, with no background in physics, just enough quantum mechanics for them to understand and develop algorithms in quantum computation and quantum information theory. Although the article as a whole addresses teachers of physics, well versed in quantum mechanics, the central pedagogical… (More)

- N David Mermin
- Nature
- 2014

- N. David Mermin
- Quantum Information Processing
- 2006

The role of measurement in quantum computation is examined in the light of John Bell’s critique of the how the term “measurement” is used in quantum mechanics. I argue that within the field of quantum computer science the concept of measurement is precisely defined, unproblematic, amd forms the foundation of the entire subject. Here are some words which . .… (More)

- N. David Mermin
- IBM Journal of Research and Development
- 2004

To celebrate the 60th birthday of Charles H. Bennett I (1) publicly announce my referee reports for the original dense coding and teleportation papers, (2) present a very economical solution to the BernsteinVazirani problem that does not even hint at interference between multiple universes, and (3) describe how I inadvertently reinvented the Copenhagen… (More)

- Julian Keilson, N. David Mermin
- IRE Trans. Information Theory
- 1959

The immediate occasion for this note is the rejection by Karl Hess and Walter Philipp [1] of my simple demonstration [2] that their refutation [3] of an elementary version of Bell’s theorem [4] cannot be correct. Rather than belabor misconceptions in [3], I prefer to examine a question of more general interest. Let us turn Hess and Philipp upside down and… (More)

As a pedagogical illustration of the Fourier-space approach to the crystallography of quasiperiodic crystals, a simple derivation is given of the spacegroup classification scheme for hexagonal and trigonal quasiperiodic crystals of rank 4. The categories, which can be directly inferred from the Fourier-space forms of the hexagonal and trigonal space groups… (More)

- A König, N D Mermin
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 1999

The traditional crystallographic symmetry elements of screw axes and glide planes are subdivided into those that are removable and those that are essential. A simple real-space criterion, depending only on Bravais class, determines which types can be present in any space group. This terminological refinement is useful in expressing the complementary… (More)

- N D Mermin
- Science
- 1984