Programming the Universe : A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos, Paperback

Programming the Universe : A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos Paperback



IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE BIT...The universe is made of bits of information and it has been known for more than a century that every piece of the the universe - every electron, atom and molecule - registers these bits and that information.

It is only in the last years, however, with the discovery and development of quantum computers, that scientists have gained a fundamental understanding of just how that information is registered and processed.

Building on recent breakthroughs in quantum computation, Seth Lloyd shows how the universe itself is a giant computer.

Every atom and elementary particle stores these bits, and every collision between those atoms and particles flips the bits into a new arrangement and effortlessly spins out beautiful and complex systems, including galaxies, planets and life itself.

But every computer needs a program, the set of instructions that tell it what patterns to create.

Where did the bits come from that tell the universe to create its magnificent complexity?

Who - or what - is programming the universe?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Cosmology & the universe
  • ISBN: 9780099455370



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