Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits Kindle Edition
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One small drawback (hence 4-stars instead of 5) is the lack of an ending that offers a closure to the topic. Since the topic is continuing and isn't complete this is not surprising but the worth of an author is in the beginning, middle and the end. The end is sloppy compared to the rest of the book. This in no way detracts from the readability nor from the wealth of information conveyed in competent prose.
I liked it!
John Gribben is an excellent science writer. He is both clear and inspirational: clear in the way he expounds the science, and inspirational in the gripping way he narrates the story of the chain of ideas and discoveries, and the biographies of players involved. I wish I had had the wit to discover him at the time I was studying.
The chapter on Turing and Bletchley Park is particularly fascinating (and, at the time of writing this review with the release of the film "The Imitation Game", topical) It shows what a debt we owe to Turing, and makes one's blood boil with indignation at his treatment after the War.
tended to focus just on people and historic
events while saying next to nothing about
the computer, neither classical nor quantum.
One might complain that nothing is said about
the nuts and bolts of the clasical computer.
One might also make the same
complaint about the quantum computer
But things are even worse. One might expect perhaps,
at least some more general information.. Perhaps, for example,
how many atoms on average make up
classical bits of a computer in the 1950's versus,
say that 1990's, and then how many atoms ( essentially
one ) make up one qubit, i.e., one bit in a quantum computer.
The author seemed to feel no obligation to offer anything
concrete at all regarding the quantitive parameters
or logical or arithmetic functioning of the
I am trying to think of what audience would benefit
from this book but its hard. Any scientifically
literate audience would be amazed by the lack of
substance. I can't imagine any novice getting the
sense that he has gained much, either.
I strongly recommend that you ignore this book,
in favor, for example of A Shortcut Through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computer
Also, another good book on entanglement technology is Teleportation: The Impossible Leap
by David Darling. Darling offers plenty of insight into q entanglement, and ensuing technologies, such
as cryptography and teleportation. His coverage of the q computer in chapter 8 is excellent.
If you want to "take the plunge" into a more philosophical outlook on
quantum and the laws of physics and their relation to the quantum
computer, you may go to the grand master of quantum computing
David Deutsch and his book The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World