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Quantum Information Theory: Four Lessons from the Land of Large n


What should your average quantum information scientist know about quantum Shannon theory?  Over the past few years, the asymptotic theory of quantum information, known as quantum Shannon theory, has advanced tremendously.  However, while many of the field's most important insights are simple to explain, they remain largely unknown to all but a small group of afficionados.  In this talk, I'll present four lessons from this "land of large n", ranging from the surprising to the useful and the amusing to the painful.

If you've ever:

* assumed that correlation can be decomposed into quantum and classical parts

* wondered why so many otherwise well-adjusted people are obsessed by some mathematical problem called the "additivity conjecture"

* thought that being "more than certain" is paradoxical

then this talk is for you.