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Programming the universe : a quantum computer scientist takes on the cosmos

Author: Seth Lloyd
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
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Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd--professor of quantum-mechanical engineering at MIT and originator of the first technologically feasible design for a working quantum computer--the answer is yes. This book illuminates the professional and personal paths that led him to this remarkable conclusion. All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Lloyd
ISBN: 1400040922 9781400040926 1400033861 9781400033867
OCLC Number: 60515043
Description: xii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : The apple and the universe --
pt. One. The big picture --
Chap. 1. Introduction --
Chap. 2. Computation --
Chap. 3. The computational universe --
pt. Two. A closer look --
Chap. 4. Information and physical systems --
Chap. 5. Quantum mechanics --
Chap. 6. Atoms at work --
Chap. 7. The universal computer --
Chap. 8. Complexity simplified --
Personal note : The consolation of information.
Responsibility: Seth Lloyd.
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Is the universe actually a giant quantum computer? According to Seth Lloyd--professor of quantum-mechanical engineering at MIT and originator of the first technologically feasible design for a working quantum computer--the answer is yes. This book illuminates the professional and personal paths that led him to this remarkable conclusion. All interactions between particles in the universe, Lloyd explains, convey not only energy but also information--in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. And what is the entire universe computing, ultimately? "Its own dynamical evolution," he says. "As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds." To elucidate his theory, Lloyd examines the history of the cosmos, posing questions that in other hands might seem unfathomably complex: How much information is there in the universe? What information existed at the moment of the Big Bang and what happened to it? How do quantum mechanics and chaos theory interact to create our world? Could we attempt to re-create it on a giant quantum computer?--From publisher description.

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