Computing with Quantum Cats

In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where ‘everything is real’.

Computing with Quantum Cats

The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers – which, like Schrödinger’s famous ‘dead and alive’ cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons or atoms existing in two states at the same time – is set to turn the computing world on its head. In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where ‘everything is real’. Looking back to Alan Turing’s work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications – from machines which learn through ‘intuition’ and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.

Computing with Quantum Cats

And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.This is an exciting insider's look at the new frontier of computer science and its ...

Computing with Quantum Cats

A mind-blowing glimpse into the near future, where quantum computing will have world-transforming effects.The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers - which, like Schrödinger's famous "dead and alive" cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons, or atoms existing in two states at the same time - is set to turn the computing world on its head.In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where "everything is real." Looking back to Alan Turing's work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications - from machines which learn through "intuition" and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.This is an exciting insider's look at the new frontier of computer science and its revolutionary implications.

Computing with Quantum Cats

In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where 'everything is real'.

Computing with Quantum Cats

"Experimental and theoretical physicists are currently on the brink of developing computers operating on quantum principles. Quantum computation is one of the hottest scientific topics of the decade, and it depends on manipulating quantum entities electrons, photons or single atoms that are in two states at the same time. This breakthrough will turn the computing world upside down the quantum computer represents an advance as far beyond the conventional computers we use in our daily lives as these devices are beyond the abacus. Using scientific paradigms such as Schr dinger's famous dead and alive' cat to explain the mechanics of how quantum computers work, John Gribbin explains the extraordinary implications of these machines, taking us beyond the world of physics to their practical applications in the military and big business. In this fascinating new quantum reality, communication can occur faster than light, computers will crack codes that are currently literally uncrackable and even teleportation is possible."

Quantum Computing WIRED guides

... 45 travelling salesman problem, 12 variational quantum algorithms, 109, 110 Clay Mathematics Institute, 55 climate change, 2, 26, 104, 112 cloud computing, 112, 127–8 CNOT gates, 36–7 Computing with Quantum Cats (Gribben), 40, ...

Quantum Computing  WIRED guides

Quantum computing has been hailed as a technological game-changer. But what precisely is it and what is its true potential? In this superbly insightful, one-stop guide WIRED journalist Amit Katwala tells you everything you need to know about the next computer revolution. He explains the highly complex science that lies behind it. He describes the competing efforts of the likes of Google, Microsoft and Chinese companies Tencent and Alibaba to create a viable quantum computer, and the different routes they have taken to meet the immense technical challenges involved. He considers the technology's potential application in spheres as diverse as medicine, cyber security and clean energy. And he addresses the fundamental question: how close are we to seeing quantum computers become a widespread reality.

Quantum Theory a Crash Course

A detailed exploration of how physicists dealt with the problems of quantum physics producing infinite values. Cox, Brian, Jeff Forshaw. The Quantum Universe: everything ... Computing with Quantum Cats. New York: Prometheus Books, 2014.

Quantum Theory  a Crash Course

Quantum Theory: A Crash Course teaches you everything you need to know about this complex subject, breaking it down into 52 digestible topics. The book is divided into four chapters, covering various aspects of the theory: Its foundations and principles Its probabalistic nature and concepts The wide range of scientific interpretations Its practical applications in our lives Each chapter contains an overview, timeline and four biographies, followed by thirteen illustrated topics, each broken down into microscopic chunks. 'The Main Concept' explains the main concept of the subject, while 'Drill-Down' provides further detail or a different angle to enhance understanding. Finally, 'Matter' provides a fascinating or unusual fact. This is the perfect crash course for budding quantum theorists.

Practical Quantum Computing for Developers

Quantum. Cats. and. the. Uncertainty. Principle. By the mid-1920s the new theory about the quantum nature of matter is in shaky ground facing the real prospect of an early demise. It will take two new groundbreaking discoveries to ...

Practical Quantum Computing for Developers

Write algorithms and program in the new field of quantum computing. This book covers major topics such as the physical components of a quantum computer: qubits, entanglement, logic gates, circuits, and how they differ from a traditional computer. Also, Practical Quantum Computing for Developers discusses quantum computing in the cloud using IBM Q Experience including: the composer, quantum scores, experiments, circuits, simulators, real quantum devices, and more. You’ll be able to run experiments in the cloud on a real quantum device. Furthermore, this book shows you how to do quantum programming using the QISKit (Quantum Information Software Kit), Python SDK, and other APIs such as QASM (Quantum Assembly). You’ll learn to write code using these languages and execute it against simulators (local or remote) or a real quantum computer provided by IBM’s Q Experience. Finally, you’ll learn the current quantum algorithms for entanglement, random number generation, linear search, integer factorization, and others. You’ll peak inside the inner workings of the Bell states for entanglement, Grover’s algorithm for linear search, Shor’s algorithm for integer factorization, and other algorithms in the fields of optimization, and more. Along the way you’ll also cover game theory with the Magic Square, an example of quantum pseudo-telepathy where parties sharing entangled states can be observed to have some kind of communication between them. In this game Alice and Bob play against a referee. Quantum mechanics allows Alice and Bob to always win! By the end of this book, you will understand how this emerging technology provides massive parallelism and significant computational speedups over classical computers, and will be prepared to program quantum computers which are expected to replace traditional computers in the data center. What You Will Learn Use the Q Experience Composer, the first-of-its-kind web console to create visual programs/experiments and submit them to a quantum simulator or real device on the cloud Run programs remotely using the Q Experience REST API Write algorithms that provide superior performance over their classical counterparts Build a Node.js REST client for authenticating, listing remote devices, querying information about quantum processors, and listing or running experiments remotely in the cloud Create a quantum number generator: The quintessential coin flip with a quantum twist Discover quantum teleportation: This algorithm demonstrates how the exact state of a qubit (quantum information) can be transmitted from one location to another, with the help of classical communication and quantum entanglement between the sender and receiver Peek into single qubit operations with the classic game of Battleships with a quantum twist Handle the counterfeit coin problem: a classic puzzle that consists of finding a counterfeit coin in a beam balance among eight coins in only two turns Who This Book Is For Developers and programmers interested in this new field of computing.

Quantum Computing and Communications

Schrodinger's cat Although Schrédinger's equation was an important step leading to the theory of quantum mechanics, Schriidingerm was sure that several contradictions still remained open between the classical and quantum description of ...

Quantum Computing and Communications

Quantum computers will revolutionize the way telecommunications networks function. Quantum computing holds the promise of solving problems that would be intractable with conventional computers by implementing principles from quantum physics in the development of computer hardware, software and communications equipment. Quantum-assisted computing will be the first step towards full quantum systems, and will cause immense disruption of our traditional networks. The world’s biggest manufacturers are investing large amounts of resources to develop crucial quantum-assisted circuits and devices. Quantum Computing and Communications: Gives an overview of basic quantum computing algorithms and their enhanced versions such as efficient database searching, counting and phase estimation. Introduces quantum-assisted solutions for telecom problems including multi-user detection in mobile systems, routing in IP based networks, and secure ciphering key distribution. Includes an accompanying website featuring exercises (with solution manual) and sample algorithms from the classical telecom world, corresponding quantum-based solutions, bridging the gap between pure theory and engineering practice. This book provides telecommunications engineers, as well as graduate students and researchers in the fields of computer science and telecommunications, with a wide overview of quantum computing & communications and a wealth of essential, practical information.

Cryptography The Key to Digital Security How It Works and Why It Matters

... 2018, https://www.nist.gov/newsevents/news/2018/04/nists-new-quantum-method-generates-really-random-numbers. 6 A relatively accessible insight into the development of quantum computers is John Gribbin, Computing with Quantum Cats: ...

Cryptography  The Key to Digital Security  How It Works  and Why It Matters

A “must-read” (Vincent Rijmen) nuts-and-bolts explanation of cryptography from a leading expert in information security. Despite its reputation as a language only of spies and hackers, cryptography plays a critical role in our everyday lives. Though often invisible, it underpins the security of our mobile phone calls, credit card payments, web searches, internet messaging, and cryptocurrencies—in short, everything we do online. Increasingly, it also runs in the background of our smart refrigerators, thermostats, electronic car keys, and even the cars themselves. As our daily devices get smarter, cyberspace—home to all the networks that connect them—grows. Broadly defined as a set of tools for establishing security in this expanding cyberspace, cryptography enables us to protect and share our information. Understanding the basics of cryptography is the key to recognizing the significance of the security technologies we encounter every day, which will then help us respond to them. What are the implications of connecting to an unprotected Wi-Fi network? Is it really so important to have different passwords for different accounts? Is it safe to submit sensitive personal information to a given app, or to convert money to bitcoin? In clear, concise writing, information security expert Keith Martin answers all these questions and more, revealing the many crucial ways we all depend on cryptographic technology. He demystifies its controversial applications and the nuances behind alarming headlines about data breaches at banks, credit bureaus, and online retailers. We learn, for example, how encryption can hamper criminal investigations and obstruct national security efforts, and how increasingly frequent ransomware attacks put personal information at risk. Yet we also learn why responding to these threats by restricting the use of cryptography can itself be problematic. Essential reading for anyone with a password, Cryptography offers a profound perspective on personal security, online and off.

Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools

Gotcha Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits Brown Dogs and Barbers: What's Computer Science All About? Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology Python ...

Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools

This book provides a step-by-step guide to teaching computing at secondary level. It offers an entire framework for planning and delivering the curriculum and shows you how to create a supportive environment for students in which all can enjoy computing. The focus throughout is on giving students the opportunity to think, program, build and create with confidence and imagination, transforming them from users to creators of technology. In each chapter, detailed research and teaching theory is combined with resources to aid the practitioner, including case studies, planning templates and schemes of work that can be easily adapted. The book is split into three key parts: planning, delivery, and leadership and management, and covers topics such as: curriculum and assessment design lesson planning cognitive science behind learning computing pedagogy and instructional principles mastery learning in computing how to develop students’ computational thinking supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities encouraging more girls to study computing actions, habits and routines of effective computing teachers behaviour management and developing a strong classroom culture how to support and lead members of your team. Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools is essential reading for trainee and practising teachers, and will prove to be an invaluable resource in helping teaching professionals ensure that students acquire a wide range of computing skills which will support them in whatever career they choose.

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats

This meant that the resulting calculations were often wrong, no doubt causing any number of shipwrecks and engineering travesties. “I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam!” Babbage exclaimed in exasperation after ...

Black Bodies and Quantum Cats

Physics, once known as "natural philosophy," is the most basic science, explaining the world we live in, from the largest scale down to the very, very, very smallest, and our understanding of it has changed over many centuries. In Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, science writer Jennifer Ouellette traces key developments in the field, setting descriptions of the fundamentals of physics in their historical context as well as against a broad cultural backdrop. Newton’s laws are illustrated via the film Addams Family Values, while Back to the Future demonstrates the finer points of special relativity. Poe’s "The Purloined Letter" serves to illuminate the mysterious nature of neutrinos, and Jeanette Winterson’s novel Gut Symmetries provides an elegant metaphorical framework for string theory. An enchanting and edifying read, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats shows that physics is not an arcane field of study but a profoundly human endeavor—and a fundamental part of our everyday world.

When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11

Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal Philip Moriarty ... but running a close joint second are John Gribbin's Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits and Chad Orzel's marvelous How to Teach Quantum Physics to ...

When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11

There are deep and fascinating links between heavy metal and quantum physics. No, really! While teaching at the University of Nottingham, physicist Philip Moriarty noticed something odd, a surprising number of his students were heavily into metal music. Colleagues, too: a Venn diagram of physicists and metal fans would show a shocking amount of overlap. What's more, it turns out that heavy metal music is uniquely well-suited to explaining quantum principles. In When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to Eleven, Moriarty explains the mysteries of the universe's inner workings via drum beats and feedback: You'll discover how the Heisenberg uncertainty principle comes into play with every chugging guitar riff, what wave interference has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits behave just like molecules in a gas. If you're a metal fan trying to grasp the complexities of quantum physics, a quantum physicist baffled by heavy metal, or just someone who'd like to know how the fundamental science underpinning our world connects to rock music, this book will take you, in the words of Pantera, to "A New Level." For those who think quantum physics is too mind-bendingly complex to grasp, or too focused on the invisibly small to be relevant to our full-sized lives, this funny, fascinating book will show you that physics is all around us . . . and it rocks.

Canadian Curriculum Studies

Computing with quantum cats: From Alan Turing to teleportation. London, England: Black Swan. Harris, R. (2015). Dictator. London, England: Hutchinson. Hawking, S. (1996). The illustrated A Brief History of Time: Updated and expanded ...

Canadian Curriculum Studies

This timely edited collection asks bold and urgent questions about the complexity, culture, and character of curriculum studies in Canada. Featuring 30 original chapters and 21 short invocations, this volume includes works by both established and new scholars, illustrating the wide range of cutting-edge writing in this area. Weaving together personal essays, poetry, life writing, and other arts-based inquiry modes, Canadian Curriculum Studies highlights the creative, performative, interactive, and imaginative nature of this field. The contributors were asked to provoke conceptions and understandings of curriculum studies by examining their convictions, commitments, and challenges with/in this discipline. By bringing together diverse indigenous and non-indigenous scholarship, the editors invoke the concept of métissage, which is finding a growing resonance both in Canada and abroad. Exploring the idea of curriculum studies as an interdisciplinary field across transnational contexts, this rich text is well-suited to senior undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum studies and qualitative educational research.

Lightspeed

Optik. 124, 3906. Gerry, C. and Bruno, K. (2013) The Quantum Divide: Why Schroedinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive. Oxford University Press, Oxford UK. Gribbin, J. (2014). Computing with Quantum Cats ...

Lightspeed

This book tells the human story of one of man's greatest intellectual adventures - how it came to be understood that light travels at a finite speed, so that when we look up at the stars, we are looking back in time. And how the search for a God-given absolute frame of reference in the universe led most improbably to Einstein's most famous equation E=mc2, which represents the energy that powers the stars and nuclear weapons. From the ancient Greeks measuring the solar system, to the theory of relativity and satellite navigation, the book takes the reader on a gripping historical journey. We learn how Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter and used their eclipses as a global clock, allowing travellers to find their Longitude. And how Ole Roemer, noticing that the eclipses were a little late, used this to obtain the first measurement of the speed of light, which takes eight minutes to get to us from the sun. We move from the international collaborations to observe the Transits of Venus, including Cook's voyage to Australia, to the achievements of Young and Fresnel, whose discoveries eventually taught us that light travels as a wave but arrives as a particle, and all the quantum weirdness which follows. In the nineteenth century, we find Faraday and Maxwell, struggling to understand how light can propagate through the vacuum of space unless it is filled with a ghostly vortex Aether foam. We follow the brilliantly gifted experimentalists Hertz, discoverer of radio, Michelson with his search for the Aether wind, and Foucault and Fizeau with their spinning mirrors and lightbeams across the rooftops of Paris. Messaging faster than light using quantum entanglement, and the reality of the quantum world, conclude this saga.

Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q

It is important to understand both the potential and the limitations of quantum computers, especially given the hype ... TIP If you've ever seen descriptions of new results in quantum computing that read like “We can teleport cats that ...

Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q

Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q# introduces quantum computing from a practical perspective. Summary Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q# demystifies quantum computing. Using Python and the new quantum programming language Q#, you’ll build your own quantum simulator and apply quantum programming techniques to real-world examples including cryptography and chemical analysis. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About the technology Quantum computers present a radical leap in speed and computing power. Improved scientific simulations and new frontiers in cryptography that are impossible with classical computing may soon be in reach. Microsoft’s Quantum Development Kit and the Q# language give you the tools to experiment with quantum computing without knowing advanced math or theoretical physics. About the book Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q# introduces quantum computing from a practical perspective. Use Python to build your own quantum simulator and take advantage of Microsoft’s open source tools to fine-tune quantum algorithms. The authors explain complex math and theory through stories, visuals, and games. You’ll learn to apply quantum to real-world applications, such as sending secret messages and solving chemistry problems. What's inside The underlying mechanics of quantum computers Simulating qubits in Python Exploring quantum algorithms with Q# Applying quantum computing to chemistry, arithmetic, and data About the reader For software developers. No prior experience with quantum computing required. About the author Dr. Sarah Kaiser works at the Unitary Fund, a non-profit organization supporting the quantum open-source ecosystem, and is an expert in building quantum tech in the lab. Dr. Christopher Granade works in the Quantum Systems group at Microsoft, and is an expert in characterizing quantum devices. Table of Contents PART 1 GETTING STARTED WITH QUANTUM 1 Introducing quantum computing 2 Qubits: The building blocks 3 Sharing secrets with quantum key distribution 4 Nonlocal games: Working with multiple qubits 5 Nonlocal games: Implementing a multi-qubit simulator 6 Teleportation and entanglement: Moving quantum data around PART 2 PROGRAMMING QUANTUM ALGORITHMS IN Q# 7 Changing the odds: An introduction to Q# 8 What is a quantum algorithm? 9 Quantum sensing: It’s not just a phase PART 3 APPLIED QUANTUM COMPUTING 10 Solving chemistry problems with quantum computers 11 Searching with quantum computers 12 Arithmetic with quantum computers

What the Future Looks Like

Cloud Computing (MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series), Nayan B. Ruparelia, MIT Press, 2016. Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits, John Gribbin, Prometheus Books, 2014. The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence ...

What the Future Looks Like

Get the science facts, not science fiction, on the cutting-edge developments that are already changing the course of our future. Every day, scientists conduct pioneering experiments with the potential to transform how we live. Yet it isn’t every day you hear from the scientists themselves! Now, award–winning author Jim Al–Khalili and his team of top-notch experts explain how today’s earthshaking discoveries will shape our world tomorrow—and beyond. Pull back the curtain on: genomics robotics AI the “Internet of Things” synthetic biology transhumanism interstellar travel colonization of the solar system teleportation and much more And find insight into big–picture questions such as: Will we find a cure to all diseases? The answer to climate change? And will bionics one day turn us into superheroes? The scientists in these pages are interested only in the truth—reality-based and speculation-free. The future they conjure is by turns tantalizing and sobering: There’s plenty to look forward to, but also plenty to dread. And undoubtedly the best way to for us to face tomorrow’s greatest challenges is to learn what the future looks like—today. Praise for What the Future Looks Like “A collection of mind-boggling essays that are just the thing for firing up your brain cells.” —Saga Magazine “The predictions and impacts are global . . . [and] the book contains far more fascinating information than can be covered in this review.” —Choice “This book is filled with essays from experts offering their informed opinions on what the science and technology of today will look like in the future, from smart materials to artificial intelligence to genetic editing.” —Popular Science “Fun is an understatement. This is a great collection to get the summer book season started.” —Forbes.com “The focus on sincere, factual presentation of current and future possibilities by leading experts is particularly welcome in this era of fake news and anti-science rhetoric.” —Library Journal

Quantum Mechanics

Schrödinger's cat When we are dealing with quantum mechanics, it is inevitable not to mention Schrödinger's cat since ... Yet, some of their potential applications such as quantum computing and quantum entanglement communication are in ...

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics touches all areas of physics, chemistry, life sciences, and engineering. It has emerged as a tool for researching and developing new technology that has had a deep impact on modern life. An essential ingredient of quantum mechanics is the role of the observer and the duality between particle and wave properties of matter at very small scales. This book covers such topics as complex space forms of quantum mechanics, entropy in quantum mechanics, and equations of relativistic quantum mechanics as well as applications of quantum mechanics to more complicated situations. Written by international experts, the book illustrates the wide scope, influence, and applicability of quantum mechanics.

Six Impossible Things

In Search of Schrödinger's Cat The Universe: A Biography Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality Computing With Quantum Cats Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age ...

Six Impossible Things

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2019. 'An accessible primer on all things quantum' - Sunday Times Quantum physics is strange. It tells us that a particle can be in two places at once. Indeed, that particle is also a wave, and everything in the quantum world can be described entirely in terms of waves, or entirely in terms of particles, whichever you prefer. All of this was clear by the end of the 1920s. But to the great distress of many physicists, let alone ordinary mortals, nobody has ever been able to come up with a common sense explanation of what is going on. Physicists have sought ‘quanta of solace’ in a variety of more or less convincing interpretations. Popular science master John Gribbin takes us on a delightfully mind-bending tour through the ‘big six’, from the Copenhagen interpretation via the pilot wave and many worlds approaches. All of them are crazy, and some are more crazy than others, but in this world crazy does not necessarily mean wrong, and being more crazy does not necessarily mean more wrong.

Seven Pillars of Science

... Mysteries of the Subatomic World In Search of Schrödinger's Cat The Universe: A Biography Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality Computing With Quantum Cats Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity ...

Seven Pillars of Science

John Gribbin, author of Six Impossible Things, shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, presents a tour of seven fundamental scientific truths that underpin our very existence. These ‘pillars of science’ also defy common sense. For example, solid things are mostly empty space, so how do they hold together? There appears to be no special ‘life force’, so how do we distinguish living things from inanimate objects? And why does ice float on water, when most solids don’t? You might think that question hardly needs asking, and yet if ice didn’t float, life on Earth would never have happened. The answers to all of these questions were sensational in their day, and some still are. Throughout history, science has been able to think the unthinkable – and Gribbin brilliantly shows the surprising secrets on which our understanding of life is based.

Eight Improbable Possibilities

... Mysteries of the Subatomic World In Search of Schrödinger's Cat The Universe: A Biography Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality Computing With Quantum Cats Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity ...

Eight Improbable Possibilities

A mind-warping excursion into the wildly improbable truths of science. Echoing Sherlock Holmes’ famous dictum, John Gribbin tells us: ‘Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, is certainly possible, in the light of present scientific knowledge.’ With that in mind, in his sequel to the hugely popular Six Impossible Things and Seven Pillars of Science, Gribbin turns his attention to some of the mind-bendingly improbable truths of science. For example: We know that the Universe had a beginning, and when it was – and also that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up. We can detect ripples in space that are one ten-thousandth the width of a proton, made by colliding black holes billions of light years from Earth. And, most importantly from our perspective, all complex life on Earth today is descended from a single cell – but without the stabilising influence of the Moon, life forms like us could never have evolved.

Get Technology Be in the know Upgrade your future

... UK Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies Nick Bostrom (OUP Oxford, 2014) Biomedical Science BSc King's College London, UK Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits John Gribbin (Black Swan, 2015) ...

Get Technology  Be in the know  Upgrade your future

Know technology today, to equip yourself for tomorrow. Using a unique, visual approach, Gerald Lynch explains the most important tech developments of the modern world – examining their impact on society and how, ultimately, we can use technology to achieve our full potential. From the driverless transport systems hitting our roads to the nanobots and artificial intelligence pushing human capabilities to their limits, in 20 dip-in lessons this book introduces the most exciting and important technological concepts of our age, helping you to better understand the world around you today, tomorrow and in the decades to come. At Build and Become we believe in building knowledge that helps you navigate your world. Our books help you make sense of the changing world around you by taking you from concept to real-life application through 20 accessible lessons designed to make you think. Create your library of knowledge. For further information on Build&Become, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook