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Quantum Steampunk

The Physics of Yesterday's Tomorrow

The Industrial Revolution meets the quantum-technology revolution! A steampunk adventure guide to how mind-blowing quantum physics is transforming our understanding of information and energy.

Victorian era steam engines and particle physics may seem worlds (as well as centuries) apart, yet a new branch of science, quantum thermodynamics, reenvisions the scientific underpinnings of the Industrial Revolution through the lens of today's roaring quantum information revolution. Classical thermodynamics, understood as the study of engines, energy, and efficiency, needs reimagining to take advantage of quantum mechanics, the basic framework that explores the nature of reality by peering at minute matters, down to the momentum of a single particle.

In her exciting new book, intrepid Harvard physicist Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern introduces these concepts to the uninitiated with what she calls "quantum steampunk," after the fantastical genre that pairs futuristic technologies with Victorian sensibilities. While readers follow the adventures of a rag-tag steampunk crew on trains, dirigibles, and automobiles, they explore questions such as, "Can quantum physics revolutionize engines?" and "What deeper secrets can quantum information reveal about the trajectory of time?"

Yunger Halpern also describes her own adventures in the quantum universe and provides an insider's look at the work of the scientists obsessed with its technological promise. Moving from fundamental physics to cutting-edge experimental applications, Quantum Steampunk explores the field's aesthetic, shares its whimsy, and gazes into the potential of a quantum future. The result is a blast for fans of science, science fiction, and fantasy.

About the Author

Theoretical physicist Nicole Yunger Halpern is currently a Fellow of QuICS, the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science at the University of Maryland.

Endorsements

"Like any good quantum system, this book is complex, entangled, and unpredictable. Nicole Yunger Halpern provides an expert tour of the bustling new research frontier at the intersection of physics, information, and technology. Complete with goggles and brass fittings."

- Sean M. Carroll

"To most people, quantum information science is an enigma. Yet, it is expected to shape much of the future of computation. To dive into this brave new world we need a patient, kind, and fun guide. In Quantum Steampunk Nicole Yunger Halpern performs a magnificent trick, bringing tomorrow's science in the guise of yesterday's scientific landscape with great clarity and originality. Science writing at its best."

- Marcelo Gleiser, 2019 Templeton Prize laureate

"With the heart of both an artist and a scientist, rising star Nicole Yunger Halpern explores two of the hottest fields in modern physics: quantum thermodynamics and quantum information. This wild and entertaining work will take you on an enchanting ride, illuminating the deeper meaning of knowledge, time, and even reality itself."

- Leonard Mlodinow, theoretical physicist, author of Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics

"Introducing curious, STEM-inclined novices to the concept of quantum steampunk, Yunger Halpern fluidly weaves together a playful tone with a steampunk narrative and her own personal experiences."

- Anna Weltman, author of Supermath: The Power of Numbers for Good and Evil

"Dr. Yunger Halpern articulates a vision of an emerging subfield of physics and how she expects, and hopes, that it may develop. Presenting this vision in a manner accessible to laypeople discovering new interests, Quantum Steampunk will also appeal to specialists and aspiring specialists."

- Jay Lawrence, Dartmouth College

"I was thoroughly entertained by Quantum Steampunk. This book is good fun; nearly every paragraph has something to make me smile. And behind the fun and the anecdotes is a dizzying amount of information: Yunger Halpern offers an in-depth lesson about thermodynamics and quantum information while teaching readers a great deal about other disciplines and perspectives."

- Fred McLean, McLeanWorks Software Consulting Services

"Quantum Steampunk, written by one of the most gifted quantum theorists of her generation, is a must read. It is filled with poetic illuminations of quantum mysteries and storytelling so captivating that I could not stop reading. This book will be classic for sure."

- Stephon Alexander, theoretical physicist

"With whimsy and flair, Nicole Yunger Halpern explores what happens when we fuse the physics of steam engines and the mathematics of information flow with the latest advances in quantum theory. The result: a scintillating view of nature and a preview of fantastic technological possibilities."

- David Kaiser

"Quantum Steampunk shows in clear and engaging language how to combine the cutting-edge science of the 19th century (thermodynamics) with the cutting-edge science of the 20th century (quantum mechanics and information science) to create a dynamic new science for the 21st century."

- Chad Orzel, Professor, Union College Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
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