Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics of the Weizmann Institute of Science on his work on representation of unitary algebraic groups over p-adic fields, (which is number theory and Lie group theory), under the supervision of Steve Gerlbart. Following his Ph.D. he became interested with quantum physics, relativity and philosophy of science. He got his second Ph.D. in 2008 from Bar-Ilan University, the Program for Science, Technology and Society, on his work on quantum simulation and quantum computation, under the supervision of Avshalom Elitzur

His fields of interests are: Lie groups, Representation theory, p-adic valuation theory, Information theory, Quantum physics, Special and General Relativity, Quantum computation, Quantum information, D.N.A computation, bio-information, Philosophy of science, History of computation and computers

During the last few years he published several papers on representations of groups, quantum algorithms, quantum information, bio-information, and philosophy of science.

Boaz Tamir also teaches at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design on the relations between arts and sciences. He is also one of the founders of the new institute Iyar - the Israeli Institute for Advanced Research.

In 2011 he was awarded the Pitowsky prize by the department of History and Philosophy of science of the Hebrew university for his recent work in the fields of quantum computation and quantum information.

Selected publications

Mathematics: Group Representation


On L-functions and intertwining operators for unitary groups, by Boaz Tamir, Israel J. Math. 73 (1991), no. 2, 161—188



On Towers of liftings and hypercuspidality for unitary groups, by Boaz Tamir, Tohoku Math. J. (2) 45 (1993), no. 2, 147—157


Physics: Quantum Information and Quantum Computation


Grover's quantum search algorithm and Diophantine approximation by

Shahar Dolev, Itamar pitowsky and Boaz Tamir, Physical Review A 73 1, 2006


Communication complexity protocols for qutrits, by Boaz Tamir,

Physical Review A 75 1, 2007


Quantum query complexity for qutrits, by Boaz Tamir,

Physical Review A, 77, 1, 2008


A Quantum secret ballot, by Shahar Dolev, Itamar Pitowsky and Boaz Tamir, quant-ph/0602087, 2006


On Meaning, consciousness and quantum physics, by Y.Neumann, B.Tamir, Journal of Cosmology, 2009, Vol 3, pages 540-547.   


A Quantum differentiation of k-SAT instances,  by B.Tamir and G.Ortiz, New Journal of Physics 12, 2010.


Weak measurement and weak information, by B.Tamir and S.Masis, Foundation of Physics, vol. 42, (4), 2012


Introduction to weak measurements and weak values, by B.Tamir and E,Cohen, Quanta Vol 2, 2013


On the power of weak measurements in separating quantum states, by B.Tamir, E.Cohen and A.Priel, Quantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundations, Vol 2, Issue 1, 2015


D-Wave and predecessors: From simulated to quantum annealing by E,Cohen and B.Tamir, International Journal of Quantum Information 12, 1430002 (2014) 


Quantum annealing - foundations and frontiers by E,Cohen and B.Tamir, to appear in Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 224, 89–110 (2015)


Quantum Gaussian channels with weak measurements, by B.Tamr, E.Cohen , Quantum information processing, QIC Vol.15 No.13&14 , 2015


A Holevo type bound for a Hilbert –Schmidt distance measure by B.Tamr, E.Cohen, Journal of Quantum Information Science, Vol 5, No 4, 2015


The physics of categorization, B.Tamir, Y.Neuman, Journal of Complexity, Vol 21, 2015





Econophysics of a ranked demand and supply resource allocation problem, to appear in Physica A 2018



Philosophy of Science


Can special relativity be derived from Galilean mechanics alone? by O.Sela, B.Tamir, S.Dolev, A.Elitzur,  Foundations of Physics 39, 2009  





Reversibility and efficiency in coding protein information, by B. Tamir, A. Priel, J. of  Theoretical Biology, 267, 2010



Book Chapters


Notes on adiabatic quantum computers, in Quantum Spin Glasses, Annealing and Computation, Ed. B. Chakrabarty, A.Chatterjee, A.Ghosh, S.Mukherjee, to appear in Cambridge Univ. Press 2017


Channel capacity and rate distortion in amino acid networks, by  B. Tamir, A. Priel, in:  Bio-Communication. Ed.: J. Seckbach & R. Gordon. World Scientific Publishing Europe, 2017





Econo-physics of the Kolkata Restaurant Problem and Related Games: Classical and quantum strategies for multi-agent multi-choice repetitive games, B. Chakrabarty, A. Chatterjee, A.Ghosh, S.Mukherjee, B.Tamir, Springer 2017



In Hebrew



מורה נבוכים לפיזיקה קוונטית, רסלינג 2018


מדע פופולארי


צארלס בבג' וחזון המחשב הדיגיטאלי,  בעז תמיר ומירב כ"ץ, גלילאו 101,  פברואר 2007



מדע ואמנות


מאה שנה לתורת היחסות: החיפוש אחר סימטריה ושלמות בטבע,  פרוטוקולאז' 2009 אסופת מאמרים מתוך כתב העת המקוון של בצלאל, הופיע גם בגיליון 1 של 'הפרוטוקולים של היסטוריה ותיאוריה', נובמבר 2005,  בצלאל, אקדמיה לאמנות ועיצוב.


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