Feynman and Computation

Feynman and Computation

by Anthony Hey
     
 

ISBN-10: 081334039X

ISBN-13: 9780813340395

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Westview Press


Richard P. Feynman made profoundly important and prescient contributions to the physics of computing, notably with his seminal articles “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” and “Simulating Physics with Computers.” These two provocative papers (both reprinted in this volume) anticipated, decades before their time, several…  See more details below

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Richard P. Feynman made profoundly important and prescient contributions to the physics of computing, notably with his seminal articles “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” and “Simulating Physics with Computers.” These two provocative papers (both reprinted in this volume) anticipated, decades before their time, several breakthroughs that have since become fields of science in their own right, such as nanotechnology and the newest, perhaps most exciting area of physics and computer science, quantum computing.The contributors to this book are all distinguished physicists and computer scientists, and many of them were guest lecturers in Feynman’s famous CalTech course on the limits of computers. they include Charles Bennett on Quantum Information Theory, Geoffrey Fox on Internetics, Norman Margolus on Crystalline Computation, and Tommaso Toffoli on the Fungibility of Computation.Both a tribute to Feynman and a new exploration of the limits of computers by some of today’s most influential scientists, Feynman and Computation continues the pioneering work started by Feynman and published by him in his own Lectures on Computation. This new computation volume consists of both original chapters and reprints of classic papers by leaders in the field. Feynman and Computation will generate great interest from the scientific community and provide essential background for further work in this field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813340395
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Feynman's Course On Computation
Feynman and Computation John J. Hopfield
Neural Networks and Physical Systems with Emergent Collective Computational Abilities John J. Hopfield
Feynman as a Colleague Carver A. Mead
Collective Electrodynamics I Carver A. Mead
A Memory Gerald Jay Sussman
Numerical Evidence That the Motion of Pluto Is Chaotic Gerald Jay Sussman and Jack Wisdom
Reducing The Size
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom Richard P. Feynman
Information Is Inevitably Physical Rolf Landauer
Scaling of MOS Technology to Submicrometer Feature Sizes Carver A. Mead
Richard Feynman and Cellular Vacuum Marvin Minsky
Quantum Limits
Simulating Physics with Computers Richard P. Feynman
Quantum Robots Paul Benioff
Quantum Information Theory Charles H. Bennett
Quantum Computation Richard J. Hughes
Parallel Computation
Computing Machines in the Future Richard P. Feynman
Internetics: Technologies, Applications, and Academic Fields Geoffrey C. Fox
Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine W. Daniel Hillis
Crystalline Computation Norman H. Margolus
Fundamentals
Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links John Archibald Wheeler
Feynman, Barton and the Reversible Schrödinger Difference Equation Ed Fredkin
Action, or the Fungibility of Computation Tommaso Toffoli
Algorithmic Randomness, Physical Entropy, Measurements, and the Demon of Choice Wojciech Zurek

Author Biography: Anthony J.G. Hey is a professor of computation and head of the department of electronics and computer science at the University of Southampton. His research interests are in the field of parallel and distributed computing and his most recent books include the Feynman Lectures on Computation (coedited with Robin Allen) and Einstein's Mirror (with Patrick Walters).

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