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A Shortcut Through Time : The Path to A Quantum Computer - George Johnson

A Shortcut Through Time

The Path to A Quantum Computer

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2004
ISBN: 9780099452171
Number Of Pages: 224

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"The newest Pentium chip powering PCs and laptops contains 40 million electronic switches packed onto a piece of silicon about the size of a thumbnail. Several years from now, if this incredible shrinking continues, a single chip will hold a billion switches, then a trillion. The logical culmination is a computer in which the switches are so tiny that each consists of an individual atom. At that point something miraculous happens- Quantum mechanics kick in. Anyone who follows the science news or watches 'Star Trek' has at least a notion of what that means- particles can be in two or more places at once. Atoms obey a peculiar logic of their own - and if it can be harnessed society will be transformed. Problems that would now take forever would be solved almost instantly. Quantum computing promises nothing less than a shortcut through time."

Industry Reviews

"Fascinating and highly accessible... Unpicking the complexities of the subject is not easy, but Johnson has done a fine job of it... [An] excellent book" * Scotland on Sunday *
"Lucid and accessible... [Written with] a beguiling combination of clarity and enthusiasm" * New Scientist *
"Johnson is one of the best science journalists writing today" * Scientific American *

ISBN: 9780099452171
ISBN-10: 0099452170
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd June 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1