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A Shortcut Through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computer

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Publisher Comments:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-191) and index.

Book News Annotation:

Answering a colleague's challenge to write a short book explaining the complex science of quantum computing, Johnson offers a clear analysis of the emerging technology for a general audience interested in science. Johnson, a science writer for the New York Times, explains the quantum theory that makes the computer a reality and projects future applications in code breaking, solving previously unsolvable math equations, and understanding the mysterious behavior of certain protein molecules. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The first book to prepare us for the next big--perhaps the biggest--breakthrough in the short history of the cyberworld: the development of the quantum computer.

The newest Pentium chip driving personal computers packs 40 million electronic switches onto a piece of silicon the size of a thumbnail. It is dramatically smaller and more powerful than anything that has come before it. If this incredible shrinking act continues, the logical culmination is a computer in which each switch is composed of a single atom. And at that point the miraculous--the actualization of quantum mechanics--becomes real. If atoms can be harnessed, society will be transformed: problems that could take forever to be solved on the supercomputers available today would be dispatched with ease. Quantum computing promises nothing less astonishing than a shortcut through time.

In this book, the award-winning New York Times science writer George Johnson first takes us back to the original idea of a computer--almost simple enough to be made of Tinkertoys--and then leads us through increasing levels of complexity to the soul of this remarkable new machine. He shows us how, in laboratories around the world, the revolution has already begun.

Writing with a brilliant clarity, Johnson makes sophisticated material on (and even beyond) the frontiers of science both graspable and utterly fascinating, affording us a front-row seat at one of the most galvanizing scientific dramas of the new century.

Synopsis:

Award-winning "New York Times" science writer Johnson takes readers back to the original idea of a computer--almost simple enough to be made of Tinkertoys--and then leads through increasing levels of complexity to the soul of the remarkable new quantum computer. 60 illustrations.

Table of Contents

"Simple electric brain machines and how to make them" — Tinkertoy logic — Playing with mirrors — A shortcut through time — Shor's algorithm — Breaking the code — Invisible machines — Counting with atoms — Quantum secrecy — The hardest problem in the universe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375411939
Author:
Johnson, George
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Quantum computers
Subject:
Hardware - Mainframes & Minicomputers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Vintage Books ed.
Series Volume:
27
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.71x5.95x.89 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The first book to prepare us for the next big--perhaps the biggest--breakthrough in the short history of the cyberworld: the development of the quantum computer.

The newest Pentium chip driving personal computers packs 40 million electronic switches onto a piece of silicon the size of a thumbnail. It is dramatically smaller and more powerful than anything that has come before it. If this incredible shrinking act continues, the logical culmination is a computer in which each switch is composed of a single atom. And at that point the miraculous--the actualization of quantum mechanics--becomes real. If atoms can be harnessed, society will be transformed: problems that could take forever to be solved on the supercomputers available today would be dispatched with ease. Quantum computing promises nothing less astonishing than a shortcut through time.

In this book, the award-winning New York Times science writer George Johnson first takes us back to the original idea of a computer--almost simple enough to be made of Tinkertoys--and then leads us through increasing levels of complexity to the soul of this remarkable new machine. He shows us how, in laboratories around the world, the revolution has already begun.

Writing with a brilliant clarity, Johnson makes sophisticated material on (and even beyond) the frontiers of science both graspable and utterly fascinating, affording us a front-row seat at one of the most galvanizing scientific dramas of the new century.

"Synopsis" by , Award-winning "New York Times" science writer Johnson takes readers back to the original idea of a computer--almost simple enough to be made of Tinkertoys--and then leads through increasing levels of complexity to the soul of the remarkable new quantum computer. 60 illustrations.
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