Recent research into quantum information theory has led to a deeper understanding of quantum theory, and the development of powerful new techniques and concepts which can be applied to other areas of fundamental physics. Three areas I am particularly interested in are:
1) Foundations of statistical mechanics Everyone knows that if you leave a cup of hot coffee on your desk, it will eventually cool down to room temperature, but deriving this result from the microscopic laws is surprisingly difficult - in fact we still don't have a complete solution. Recently, we have been able to prove that almost any ...
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