Readership: This book will attract readers of popular science and will be of interest to students of physics, maths, and computing.
Vlatko Vedral, Professor of Quantum Information, University of Oxford and Professor of Physics, National University of Singapore
Vlatko Vedral studied undergraduate theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where he also received a PhD for his work on 'Quantum Information Theory of Entanglement'. Since June 2009, Vedral has moved to Oxford as Professor of Quantum Information Science. Throughout his career he has held a number of visiting professorships at different international institutions. He has published more than 130 research papers and has written two textbooks. He has written for popular
science journals and major daily newspapers, as well as doing extensive radio programmes and television interviews.
Review(s) from previous edition"By turns irreverent, erudite and funny, 'Decoding Reality' is - by the standard of books that require their readers to know what a logarithm is - a ripping good read...Not since David Deutsch's magestierial 'The Fabric of Reality' has a physicist given us such a wide-ranging and intriguing picture of how quantum mechanics constructs the world. - Seth Lloyd, New Scientist
"Well written and engaging, the book provides a constant flow of new ideas." - Science
"The author evinces great enthusiasm and curiosity throughout." - Steven Poole, The Guardian
"By turns irreverent, erudite and funny, 'Decoding Reality' is...a ripping good read." - Seth Lloyd, New Scientist
"A wide-ranging and intriguing picture of how quantum mechanics constructs the world." - Seth Lloyd, New Scientist
"Excellent, thought-provoking book." - BBC Focus Magazine, Marcus Chown
"An engaging, non-technical exploration of what the new theory of quantum information and computation tells us about life, the universe, and everything." - David Deutsch, author of The Fabric of Reality
"Let Vedral guide you skilfully through the wonderland of modern physics - where nothing is as it seems. This is the finest treatment I have read of the weird interplay of quantum reality, information and probability." - Paul Davies, author of The Eerie Silence and The Goldilocks Enigma
1: Creation Ex Nihilo: something from nothing
2: Information for all seasons
3: Back to basics: bits and pieces
4: Digital romance: life is a four-letter word
5: Murphy's Law: I knew this would happen to me
6: Place your bets: in it to win it
7: Social informatics: get connected or die tryin'
8: Quantum schmuntum: lights, camera, action!
9: Surfing the waves: hyper-fast computers
10: Children of the aimless chance: randomness versus determinism
11: Sand reckoning: whose information is it, anyway?
12: Destruction ab toto: the darkness of reality