by a renowned quantum physicist closely involved in the U.S.
government’s development of quantum information science,
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
quantum entanglement—and his infamous cat—is at the heart of it all."
"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
"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
"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.