We hope you enjoyed our first full episode and are now feeling a little less clueless about quantum computing. If so, you might want to learn a bit more about the people and technologies we introduced this time. So, here are some handy links to the quantum scientists, technologists and other stuff we talked about. We still have loads to cover (we’ve not even started on how you program these machines and what they can do today) so stay tuned for episode 2 – sometime in the autumn (we hope).
The scientists and their projects
Dr Stefan Filipp (also of IBM).
History of IBM on wikipedia
Professor Simon Benjamin’s bio on the NQIT site at Oxford University…
…And here’s the home page of NQIT, Britain’s big national project to build a quantum computer which we’ll be covering in episode 2.
Thanks again to Al Murray – The Pub Landlord for being our first Quantum Questionner . Here’s his official website. http://thepublandlord.com/ Go and see him or buy some of his stuff – he’s very funny.
Schrodinger’s cat video explanation
Entanglement video explanation
ScienceNews blog on the Top ten Interpretations of quantum physics
Clip of Feynman saying nobody understands quantum physics, plus his famous 1964 Cornell Messenger lectures introducing the key concepts in detail and proving that he, for one, did. They get fairly technical as you get into the meat of them, but the intro’s fairly accessible – he was a wonderful explainer and populariser of the field, as these lectures (as well as this classic BBC Horizon programme) show.
And if Feynman’s lectures sound a bit too scary, why not start with this book instead.
Other bits and bobs we mentioned…
Was the Infinite Improbability Drive the first quantum computer in fiction?
Wikipedia entry on adiabatic quantum computing. No, we still don’t understand it.
Stephanie Wehner’s TEDxVienna Talk on The Quantum Internet
Wikipedia entry on superconducting quantum computing
Wikipedia entry on quantum supremacy/advantage.