Computing with Quantum Cats

  • Filename: computing-with-quantum-cats.
  • ISBN: 9781448153909
  • Release Date: 2013-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher: Random House



The quantum computer 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 electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics 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.

Computing with Quantum Cats

  • Filename: computing-with-quantum-cats.
  • ISBN: 1616149213
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher:



Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, explores the potential for quantum computing to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.

Computing with Quantum Cats

  • Filename: computing-with-quantum-cats.
  • ISBN: 9780552779319
  • Release Date: 2015-07
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher: Random House



Pioneering study of the science behind quantum computing and what the new quantum reality will mean for mankind. The quantum computer 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 electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics 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.

Computing with Quantum Cats

  • Filename: computing-with-quantum-cats.
  • ISBN: 059307114X
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher: Bantam Press



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 u electrons, photons or single atoms u that are in two states at the same time. This breakthrough will turn the computing world upside down u 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 Schr dinger'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.

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats

  • Filename: black-bodies-and-quantum-cats.
  • ISBN: 9781101221402
  • Release Date: 2005-12-01
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Jennifer Ouellette
  • Publisher: Penguin



Physics, once known as "natural philosophy," is the most basic science, explaining the world we live in, from the largest scale down to the very, very, very smallest, and our understanding of it has changed over many centuries. In Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, science writer Jennifer Ouellette traces key developments in the field, setting descriptions of the fundamentals of physics in their historical context as well as against a broad cultural backdrop. Newton’s laws are illustrated via the film Addams Family Values, while Back to the Future demonstrates the finer points of special relativity. Poe’s "The Purloined Letter" serves to illuminate the mysterious nature of neutrinos, and Jeanette Winterson’s novel Gut Symmetries provides an elegant metaphorical framework for string theory. An enchanting and edifying read, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats shows that physics is not an arcane field of study but a profoundly human endeavor—and a fundamental part of our everyday world.

In Search Of Schrodinger s Cat

  • Filename: in-search-of-schrodinger-s-cat.
  • ISBN: 9781446423769
  • Release Date: 2012-03-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher: Random House



Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an even more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, super conductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.

Quantum Computing

  • Filename: quantum-computing.
  • ISBN: 9780262015066
  • Release Date: 2011-03-04
  • Number of pages: 372
  • Author: Eleanor G. Rieffel
  • Publisher: MIT Press



A thorough exposition of quantum computing and the underlying concepts of quantum physics, with explanations of the relevant mathematics and numerous examples.

Quantum Computing Since Democritus

  • Filename: quantum-computing-since-democritus.
  • ISBN: 9780521199568
  • Release Date: 2013-03-14
  • Number of pages: 370
  • Author: Scott Aaronson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Takes students and researchers on a tour through some of the deepest ideas of maths, computer science and physics.

Quantum Physics in Minutes

  • Filename: quantum-physics-in-minutes.
  • ISBN: 9781786481221
  • Release Date: 2017-05-04
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Gemma Lavender
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



The fastest way to understanding quantum physics - learn about how our universe works, in minutes. Quantum physics is the most fundamental, but also the most bewildering, of sciences. Allowing for simultaneously dead-and-alive cats, teleportation, antimatter and parallel universes, it also underpins all digital technology and even life itself. But at last it's possible through this clear and compact book, illuminated with 200 simple diagrams for anyone to understand the strange and beautiful subatomic world, and hence the nature of reality itself. Contents include: inside the atom, the Higgs boson, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrödinger's cat, relativity, dark energy and matter, black holes, God playing dice, the Theory of Everything, the birth and fate of the Universe, string theory, quantum computing, superconductivity, quantum biology and consciousness, and much more.

Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution

  • Filename: erwin-schrodinger-and-the-quantum-revolution.
  • ISBN: 9781446465714
  • Release Date: 2012-03-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: John Gribbin
  • Publisher: Random House



Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist famous for his contribution to quantum physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1933 and is best known for his thought experiment of a cat in a box, both alive and dead at the same time, which revealed the seemingly paradoxical nature of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger was working at one of the most fertile and creative moments in the whole history of science. By the time he started university in 1906, Einstein had already published his revolutionary papers on relativity. Now the baton of scientific progress was being passed to a new generation: Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Niels Bohr, and of course, Schrödinger himself. In this riveting biography John Gribbin takes us into the heart of the quantum revolution. He tells the story of Schrödinger's surprisingly colourful life (he arrived for a position at Oxford University with both his wife and mistress). And with his trademark accessible style and popular touch, he explains the fascinating world of quantum mechanics, which underpins all of modern science.

Ultimate Zero and One

  • Filename: ultimate-zero-and-one.
  • ISBN: 0387947698
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: Colin P. Williams
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



Written for nonspecialists ? " Ultimate Zero and One " take the reader on a guided tour of the current developments in quantum computers, revealing fascinating capabilities of these hypothetical machines. Some highlights include : the quantum physics behind quantum computing ; breaking supposedly "unbreakable" codes ; communicating with messages that reveal eavesdropping ; teleporting quantum information to reach decisions at lightning speed ; finding needles in quantum "haystacks" ; revealing "truth" without "proof" ; simulating systems so complex they cannot even be described to a classical computer ; descriptions of first-generation quantum computers ; computing without computing ! From code breaking, to code making, and to the use of quantum mechanics to carry out true teleportation, the spin-offs from quantum computing are destined to revolutionize technology in the twenty-first century. This book explains the key ideas that will allow you to glimpse this quantum future.

Programming The Universe

  • Filename: programming-the-universe.
  • ISBN: 9781446475874
  • Release Date: 2011-05-31
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Seth Lloyd
  • Publisher: Random House



IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE BIT... The universe is made of bits of information and it has been known for more than a century that every piece of the the universe - every electron, atom and molecule - registers these bits and that information. It is only in the last years, however, with the discovery and development of quantum computers, that scientists have gained a fundamental understanding of just how that information is registered and processed. Building on recent breakthroughs in quantum computation, Seth Lloyd shows how the universe itself is a giant computer. Every atom and elementary particle stores these bits, and every collision between those atoms and particles flips the bits into a new arrangement and effortlessly spins out beautiful and complex systems, including galaxies, planets and life itself. But every computer needs a program, the set of instructions that tell it what patterns to create. Where did the bits come from that tell the universe to create its magnificent complexity? Who - or what - is programming the universe?

The Quantum Divide

  • Filename: the-quantum-divide.
  • ISBN: 9780199666560
  • Release Date: 2013-02-21
  • Number of pages: 197
  • Author: Christopher C. Gerry
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



We describe, and provide the quantum mechanical explanation of, a number of well-chosen illustrative modern (mostly optical) experiments that highlight the strange world of the quantum. The view of the world offered by quantum mechanics is shown to be counterintuitive and strikingly at odds with the common sense view of the world of everyday life and classical physics. We address in what sense these different points of view can be reconciled.

Quantum Computing

  • Filename: quantum-computing.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015047730125
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 439
  • Author: Jozef Gruska
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company Limited



In quantum computing, we witness an exciting and very promising merge of two of the deepest and most successful scientific and technological developments of this century: quantum physics and computer science. The book takes a very broad view of quantum computing and information processing in general. It deals with such areas as quantum algorithms, automata, complexity theory, information and communication, cryptography and theoretical results. These include such topics as quantum error correcting codes and methods of quantum fault tolerance computing, which have made the vision of a real quantum computer come closer. No previous knowledge of quantum mechanics is required. The book is written as a self-study introduction to quantum computing and can be used for a one-semester course on quantum computing, especially for computer scientists. To meet this aim the book contains numerous examples, figures and exercises.

An Introduction to Quantum Computing

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-quantum-computing.
  • ISBN: 9780198570004
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: Phillip Kaye
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



The authors provide an introduction to quantum computing. Aimed at advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in these disciplines, this text is illustrated with diagrams and exercises.

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