A Shortcut Through Time

A Shortcut Through Time

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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.Preface: Inside the Black Box i remember with some precision when l began believing that there is nothing so complex that ... simple algorithms called bass riffs, and if pressed I could even fire off a bass solo, the dread of concertgoers everywhere. ... Poring over the symbols on the circuit diagram of Rona#39;s Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier seemed infinitely more ... impressively convoluted blueprint really meant. how electricity flowing through the labyrinth of wires and components couldanbsp;...

Title:A Shortcut Through Time
Author:George Johnson
Publisher:Random House - 2011-02-15


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