It’s a special rite of passage as an academic to see your field, your passion — that thing to which you devote the best of your twenties — steeped in controversy.  Some disciplines, of course, feel this particularly more harshly than others.

One would think that my field, quantum information, would suffer less from this problem considering its status as a niche, speculative technology that’s been in slow but steady development for the better part of three decades.

But one would be wrong.