# Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes

## Abstract

These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns 'doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds'. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac's notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of so-called Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement. For a survey on the 'what', the 'why' and the 'hows' I refer to a previous set of lecture notes. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.

- Authors:

- Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks rd, OX1 3QD Oxford (United Kingdom)

- Publication Date:

- OSTI Identifier:
- 20787714

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Resource Relation:
- Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 810; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Vaxjo conference on quantum theory: Reconsideration of foundations - 3, Vaxjo (Sweden), 6-11 Jun 2005; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2158713; (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALGEBRA; EDUCATION; HEISENBERG PICTURE; QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT; QUANTUM MECHANICS; SCHROEDINGER PICTURE

### Citation Formats

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Coecke, Bob.
```*Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes*. United States: N. p., 2006.
Web. doi:10.1063/1.2158713.

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Coecke, Bob.
```*Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes*. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2158713.

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Coecke, Bob. Wed .
"Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes". United States.
doi:10.1063/1.2158713.
```

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title = {Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes},

author = {Coecke, Bob},

abstractNote = {These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns 'doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds'. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac's notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of so-called Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement. For a survey on the 'what', the 'why' and the 'hows' I refer to a previous set of lecture notes. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.},

doi = {10.1063/1.2158713},

journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},

number = 1,

volume = 810,

place = {United States},

year = {Wed Jan 04 00:00:00 EST 2006},

month = {Wed Jan 04 00:00:00 EST 2006}

}

DOI: 10.1063/1.2158713

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