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From the Trade Paperback edition.
“Using metaphors instead of mathematics, George Johnson brings clarity to the strange world of the quantum computer.”— Scientific American
"He makes you smart and quantum computing real." -- Kevin Kelly, Wired
"Lucid and accessible. . . . Johnson does a fine job of telling a story that makes sense both to those who are completely at home in the mathematical theory of the subatomic world and to those whose reaction to the theory is abject terror. . . . A beguiling combination of clarity and enthusiasm." — New Scientist
From the Hardcover edition.
|Preface: Inside the Black Box|
|Prologue: The Road to Blue Mountain||3|
|1||"Simple Electric Brain Machines and How to Make Them"||12|
|3||Playing with Mirrors||32|
|4||A Shortcut Through Time||51|
|6||Breaking the Code||83|
|8||Counting with Atoms||122|
|10||The Hardest Problem in the Universe||155|
|Epilogue: The Nine Billion Names of God||168|
|The Fine Print: Notes and Sources||175|
Posted March 4, 2003
This is an author who has the ability to make otherwise intimidating subjects seem like child's play. It is for readers who occasionally stop and wonder about what one term or the other in the New York Times Science Section really means, or at least want to know a little more;---terms like quantum, Turing mashine, Shor's algorithm, quantum secrecy. Not many authors have both George Johnson's knowledge of science and his ability to communicate it in a delightful presentation; --and addressed to everyone. Another one who comes to mind is the late George Gamow. His whimsy books have offered both depth, and fun for generations of readers. They still get reprinted now fifty years, or so, after their first editions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2011
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