Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Shortcut Through Time by George Johnson

Quantum computing offers the scary potential of a world where our digital bits can no longer be scrambled and protected by means of cryptography (if you're shopping online, you might just as well hand your credit card to the next stranger you pass in the street). Johnson's book covers the basic concepts of quantum computing and provides accessible examples of how a quantum computer could be put to use in code breaking. Although a bit dated—the book was published in 2004—this is an excellent introduction to a revolutionary technology.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: QA76.889 .J647 2004
3rd Floor Science & Technology Library
Review submitted by: Doug Dechow, Coordinator of Reference & Instruction Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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