A Shortcut Through Time

A Shortcut Through Time The Path to the Quantum Computer

eBook (15 Feb 2011) | English

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781407073538
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Digital
Pub date:
DEWEY: 004.1
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 204
Weight: -1g