Quantum Computer Science

  • Michael Brooks

Abstract

Compare the Babbage differential engine with a modern computer. The technological gap is obvious and yet there is essentially no difference between what the two machines can do - one simply does things faster than the other. The history of computer technology has involved a sequence of changes from one type of physical realization to another. Moving from gears to relays to valves to transistors to integrated circuits has gradually increased the computing speed, but the capability of the machines has not changed.

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1999

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  • Michael Brooks

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