Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits

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2014-03-04
295 pages

Book Description

A mind-blowing glimpse into the near future, where computing will have world-transforming effects.

The quantum is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger's famous "dead and alive" cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons, or atoms existing in two states at the same time - is set to turn the computing world on its head.

In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where "everything is real." Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first computer, Gribbin explains how quantum developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical to explore their practical applications - from machines which learn through "intuition" and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.

This is an exciting insider's look at the new frontier of and its revolutionary implications.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: COMPUTING
1 Turing and the Machine
2 Von Neumann and the Machines

PART TWO: QUANTA
3 Feynman and the Quantum
4 Bell and the Tangled Web

PART THREE: COMPUTING WITH QUANTA
5 Deutsch and the Multiverse
6 Turing's Heirs and the Quantum Machines

Book Details

  • Title: Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits
  • Author:
  • Length: 295 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2014-03-04
  • ISBN-10: 1616149213
  • ISBN-13: 9781616149215