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Quantum Computing: How It Works and Why It Could Change the World (WIRED Guides)

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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.

Author: Katwala Amit
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781847943262
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2021

Amit Katwala is a Senior Editor at WIRED, based in London. He writes about the collision between technology and culture, and has covered everything from the race for quantum supremacy to the hunt for the mysterious Planet Nine. He has been shortlisted for multiple awards by the Sports Journalists’ Association and the Association of British Science Writers. He grew up in Bournemouth, and studied Experimental Psychology at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. His first book, The Athletic Brain, was published in 2016.

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