3. Quantum computing


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Hutton, D.M. (2000), "3. Quantum computing", Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/k.2000.06729bae.003



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3. Quantum computing

Keywords: Publication, Cybernetics, Systems, Computing

3. Quantum computing

For some readers to consider quantum computing is to continue the theme of the previous section on the future of the "Computing Society". Others see it as a possible new phase in the miniaturisation of circuits when our present silicon based systems reach their physical limits. A book just published that looks at quantum computing and its relationship with communications is:

Quantum Computing and CommunicationsEdited by Michael BrooksSpringer-Verlag1999224 pp., 29 illustrationsISBN 1-85233-091-0 (softcover)Price UK £25 (USA $44.95)

The book provides a comprehensive overview to technology, the publishers claim. It has contributions from researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, IBM and many others. It deals with the claim that quantum computing will revolutionize information processing. From the European viewpoint it sums up the state-of-the art endeavours in this new technological idea based on the European Commission's project called Pathfinder. The book looks at the future of quantum computing and its place in the European research field. The text includes discussions of many areas of interest including: fundamentals of quantum information; experimental realisations; applications; quantum cryptography; the categories and definitions. We are assured that no in-depth knowledge of quantum mechanics is necessary. See: http://www.springer-ny.com or http://www.springer.co.uk for information.

D.M. Hutton