Quantum in Pictures

A New Way to Understand the Quantum World

Author: Bob Coecke

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“Quantum in Pictures” makes it possible to learn about quantum mechanics and quantum computing in a new, fun way.

Written by world-leading experts, Quantum in Pictures is a simple, friendly, and novel way to explain the magical world of quantum theory. This book will be of interest to both the young (and not-so-young) amateur and the quantum specialists.

Using pictures alone, this book will equip you with the tools you need to understand the quantum world including recent developments in quantum computing and prove things about it, both known and new. Topics that are covered include:

• Quantum Entanglement

• Quantum Teleportation

• Computing with Quantum Circuits

• Quantum Measurement

• Quantum Uncertainty

• ZX Calculus

• Measurement-based quantum computing

• Quantum Key Distribution

• Relativity Theory In Pictures

• Quantum Nonlocality (2022 Nobel Prize)

You’ll learn that the pictures aren’t mere illustrations, but rather a new kind of rigorous mathematics, tailor-made to talk about quantum things. This new maths was developed and refined over several years by many researchers, including the authors, and it is now being adopted by the quantum computing industry.

“Quantum in Pictures” is a book that takes us beyond the “why” questions that mesmerised the giants of quantum physics a century ago, to the “what” questions being tackled by today’s pioneers of quantum information technology. It's the perfect jumping-off point for every reader who feels ready to make the leap many have already made: from the “why” of what quantum tells us about the universe to the “what”.

About the Author

Bob Coecke is Chief Scientist at Quantinuum, Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College Oxford. Previously he was Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University, where he was 20 years, and co-founded and led a multi-disciplinary Quantum Group that grew to 50 members and he supervised close to 70 PhD students. He pioneered Categorical Quantum Mechanics (now in AMS's MSC2020 classification), ZX-calculus, DisCoCat natural language meaning, mathematical foundations for resource theories, Quantum Natural Language Processing, and DisCoCirc natural language meaning. His work has been headlined by various media outlets, including Forbes, New Scientist, PhysicsWorld, ComputerWeekly. He's also a musician and painter.

Stefano Gogioso is a UK mathematician and computer scientist. He got his PhD in Oxford under the supervision of Bob Coecke, developing pictorial ways to talk about quantum particles and their peculiar behaviour. He is now a lecturer at the University of Oxford, where he holds advanced courses on quantum computing. He also co-founded the start-up Hashberg, where he directs the development of high-level quantum programming tools.

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