Book ID: CBB186361217

Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (2016)


Bub, Jeffrey (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

What on earth do bananas have to do with quantum mechanics? From a modern perspective, quantum mechanics is about strangely counterintuitive correlations between separated systems, which can be exploited in feats like quantum teleportation, unbreakable cryptographic schemes, and computers withenormously enhanced computing power. Schro?dinger coined the term "entanglement" to describe these bizarre correlations. Bananaworld -- an imaginary island with "entangled" bananas -- brings to life the fascinating discoveries of the new field of quantum information without the mathematicalmachinery of quantum mechanics. The connection with quantum correlations is fully explained in sections written for the non-physicist reader with a serious interest in understanding the mysteries of the quantum world. The result is a subversive but entertaining book that is accessible andinteresting to a wide range of readers, with the novel thesis that quantum mechanics is about the structure of information. What we have discovered is that the possibilities for representing, manipulating, and communicating information are very different than we thought.

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Authors & Contributors
Benedictus, Fedde
Kragh, Helge S.
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt
Vedral, Vlatko
Seth, Suman
Eckert, Michael
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Cambridge University Press
Springer International Publishing
University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
Quantum mechanics
Quantum theory
Information networks
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Science and culture
Einstein, Albert
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Kramers, Hendrik Anthony
Forman, Paul
Heisenberg, Werner
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
16th century
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
Munich (Germany)
East Asia
Munich. Universität

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