Suggested Reading: Computing with Quantum Cats

May 30, 2015

John Gribbin — Computing with Quantum
Cats: from Colossus to Qubits
 — Prometheus Books, 2014,
295 pp. ISBN 978-1-61614-921-5

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The book presents the genesis of the various ideas that may lead, one day, to a practical quantum computer. Gribbin takes a well-documented historico-biographical approach to the topic, while avoiding getting too deep into the science part of the story. On great many occasions, he cuts short an interesting avenue with a “but that’s another story”, which I find most frustrating. Those are the good parts I want to know about!

Despite all this, the book is still worth reading. It will expose you clearly (albeit summarily) the various ideas behind quantum computing, and is a good starting point if you’re interested in quantum computing, as the book also ends with a bibliography on the topic.

The quantum cats of the title refers, of course, to the famous Schrödinger cat gedankenexperiment, but the term also to macroscopic objects exhibiting quantum behavior.


Herding Cats

April 10, 2012

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression herding cats before. When you’re trying to manage programmers, the expression certainly comes to mind. What if programmers were cats, which one would you be?

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Suggested Reading: Zen Cat

January 24, 2009

Judith Adler, Paul Coughlin —Zen Cat— Rodale, 2003, 112 pp. ISBN 0-8759-6923-2

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I love all solitary places, where we taste the pleasure of believing what we see is boundless, as we wish our souls to be.

— Percy Bysshe Shelly

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

— Frank Lloyd Wright

This short book cointains about sixty short proverbs, quotations, sayings and poems, each accompagnied by an à propos picture of a cat. As many poetry books, to be read in a meditative mood.