You may remember my post on Chris Ferrie’s Quantum Entanglement For Babies. If you don’t, a quick recap. Someone posted a link to Chris Ferrie’s awesome series of children’s books on my Facebook page. I immediately purchased all of them (Quantum Entanglement for Babies, Quantum Physics for Babies, Newtonian Physics for Babies, Optical Physics for Babies, and General Relativity for Babies). How could I not? These things are awesome!
Little did I know, that was the beginning of one of the hardest things I have done to date in my quest to bring quantum computing to the masses. Long story short, Chris and I connected on LinkedIn and the game was afoot. Today I’m happy to share the fruits of our labor: Quantum Computing for Babies!
We asked the quantum computing community to give us some quotes. Here are the first two that came in.
“Ferrie and whurley teach us that it’s never too early to get quantum ready.” —Jay M Gambetta, Quantum Computing and Information Scientist at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center
“Love the concept. Especially love the fact that the actual quantum computation feels like magic happened—pretty much like it is in reality.” —Helmut G. Katzgraber, Professor of Computational Physics, Texas A&M University
So click on over to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, and local Austin favorite, Book People.
Remember, if babies can learn about quantum computing, so can you!
Listen, I have to take a short break from the quantum commentary to address the rumors, e-mails, Facebook messages, tweets, and InMail (and that one snap chat someone sent; you know who you are). You all know by now I’m fascinated with quantum computing, because I never shut up about it. I figure it’s time to do something about that. Which is why I’m taking a couple weeks off to launch my own entry into the quantum computing fray.
I think we’ll soon see a quantum computer demonstrate quantum supremacy in a way that we can all take to the bank. However, physicists and engineers in labs around the world are still struggling to overcome the hardware challenges. Quantum software applications might as well be an endangered species. Richard Feynman, the physicist credited with the idea for a quantum computer, once quipped, “By golly, it’s a wonderful problem, because it doesn’t look so easy.”
Last week I shared with you that mathematician Gil Kalai doesn’t believe quantum computing is possible. He says the math just isn’t there to ever achieve reliable, practical error correction. Not that Dr. Kalai is alone in this belief, but there sure are a lot of major players that seem to think we’re on the verge of one of the biggest shifts in computing in the last 100 years.