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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073538
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

A Shortcut Through Time

The Path to A Quantum Computer




Highly recommended-when the revolution comes don't say no one warned you' Scotland on Sunday

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.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407073538
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

George Johnson

George Johnson is a science writer for the New York Times. He is a former Alicia Patterson Fellow, a finalist for the prestigious Aventis Prize, and a recipient of the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Praise for A Shortcut Through Time

“Fascinating and highly accessible-Unpicking the complexities of the subject is not easy, but Johnson has done a fine job of it. Johnson's excellent book is highly recommended-when the revolution comes don't say no one warned you'”

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


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