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  • Published: 20 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448153909
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Computing with Quantum Cats

From Colossus to Qubits




Pioneering study of the science behind quantum computing and what the new quantum reality will mean for mankind

Experimental and theoretical physicists are currently on the brink of developing computers operating on quantum principles. Quantum computation is one of the hottest scientific topics of the decade, and it depends on manipulating quantum entities – electrons, photons or single atoms – that are in two states at the same time. This breakthrough will turn the computing world upside down – the quantum computer represents an advance as far beyond the conventional computers we use in our daily lives as these devices are beyond the abacus.

Using scientific paradigms such as Schrödinger’s famous ‘dead and alive’ cat to explain the mechanics of how quantum computers work, John Gribbin explains the extraordinary implications of these machines, taking us beyond the world of physics to their practical applications in the military and big business. In this fascinating new quantum reality, communication can occur faster than light, computers will crack codes that are currently literally uncrackable and even teleportation is possible.

  • Published: 20 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448153909
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

John Gribbin

John Gribbin gained a PhD from the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (then under the leadership of Fred Hoyle) before working as a science journalist for Nature and later New Scientist. He is the author of a number of bestselling popular science books, including In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, In Search of the Multiverse, Science: A History and The Universe: A Biography. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex and in 2000 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History, Deep Simplicity and The Fellowship. He is famous to his many fans for making complex ideas simple, and says that his aim in his writing - much of it done with his wife Mary Gribbin - is to share his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the universe with his readers. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex. He also enjoys working on science-fiction stories in his spare time, and does most of his writing in a shed in his back garden.

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Praise for Computing with Quantum Cats

Immensely readable... John Gribbin deftly traverses the peek-a-boo world of electrons and discombobulating possibilities of parallel universes to shed some much-needed light on the imminent technological revolution.

The Times

With a readable history of [quantum] theory, and of computers, Gribbin has penned a fascinating, pleasantly mind-boggling and probably quite essential book for non-eggheads.

Weekend Sport

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