Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
Mediterranean Technology Park
Av. del Canal Olímpic s/n
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona)
my public key.
Welcome to my page. I am a "physical mathematician" in the group of Antonio Acín at ICFO in Castelldefels (Barcelona). My scientific interests revolve around fundamental physics and its natural connections to pure mathematics and computer science.
I'm a bird concerned about the increasing fractionalization and fragmentation of science. I can frequently see people in different "fields" working on essentially the same problem using a different language. Pointing out these connections is one of my major themes. Just studying the puzzle pieces is not enough: we need to put them together. As a start, you may consider learning the languages, motivations and methods used in other areas of science.
Sometimes I like to hang around on Orpheus e.V. or on the n-Category Café.
Papers and preprints
See my personal arXiv listing, my first FQXi essay, and my second FQXi essay.
Notes and Slides from Talks
In reverse chronological order:
This website looks ugly? Yes, that is intentional!
- Restrain from speculative discussions about fundamental physics. Rigorous mathematical arguments and clear experimental results are superior over philosophical arguments and personal opinions.
- Mathematical proofs should not merely be concatenations of formal manipulations, but also convey mental images representing a certain intuition. (This is very difficult to achieve, and mostly I do not succeed despite attempting it.) Another principle of exposition is to split long considerations into bite-sized pieces, such that each piece makes sense on its own.