Schrödinger's Killer App
Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer

By Jonathan P. Dowling

Published May 7th 2013 by Taylor & Francis – 453 pages


Google Books

CRC Press

"Written by a renowned quantum physicist closely involved in the U.S. government’s development of quantum information science, Schrödinger’s Killer App: Race to Build the World’s First Quantum Computer presents an inside look at the government’s quest to build a quantum computer capable of solving complex mathematical problems and hacking the public-key encryption codes used to secure the Internet. The "killer application" refers to Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm, which would unveil the encrypted communications of the entire Internet if a quantum computer could be built to run the algorithm. Schrödinger’s notion of quantum entanglement—and his infamous cat—is at the heart of it all."

Book Reviews:

✰✰✰✰✰ "It may be physics, but it's also hilarious!" — Ellen C. Dowling

✰✰✰✰✰ "Historical, scientific, hysterical view of quantum information." — Ellie Arroway

✰✰✰✰✰ "Insights on quantum computing/technologies from a hilarious, practical, and authoritative source." — cconn818

✰✰✰✰✰ "A Mastermind of Wit" — Yada Yada

✰✰✰✰✰ "Thorough, fun to read and informative."  — Yousef I. Salamin

✰✰✰✰✰ "The book is written for the layman, but it is useful for everyone interested in quantum information, as there are, in the notes, a lot of references to scientific papers." — P. Melecrinis

✰✰✰✰✰ "An excellent primer on quantum mechanics, both theory and application."  —  Amazon Customer

✰✰✰✰✰ "The book itself is fine and well written...." — David Wright

✰✰✰✰✰ "Entertaining and thought provoking." — Paulo E. Reichert

The Quantum Times
"In particular his treatment of the cautionary tale of NMR quantum computing is masterful and his assessment of non-fully universal quantum computers, such as the D-Wave One, is insightful. Dowling also gives an excellent account of quantum technologies beyond quantum computing and cryptography, such as quantum metrology, which are often neglected in popular treatments." — Matt Leifer

Magazine of the Delft University of Technology
"Schrödinger's killer app is a solid introduction to quantum computers, with the necessary light edges." — Christian Jongeneel

Choice Reviews Online
"This book explains the difficult concepts of quantum mechanics to laypersons, using analogies that require no background in physics or advanced mathematics. These concepts include quantum entanglement, Schrödinger's cat, and quantum computational complexity ... Recommended." — Charles Tappert

Contemporary Physics
"This is a beautifully written book that presents the carefully researched facts in engaging style. The historical narrative, everywhere, is spiced up with entertaining anecdotes and sprinkled with references. The math and physics are presented through simple examples illustrated by drawing on analogies, while avoiding the use of any equations." — Y. I. Salamin