What to expect in the new book: “Quantum in Pictures” by Professor Bob Coecke and Dr. Stefano Gogioso

Quantum In Pictures

Quantum in Pictures, a new book published today by Quantinuum’s Chief Scientist, Bob Coecke, a theoretical physicist who was also involved in CQC (Cambridge Quantum Computing), who specialized in QNLP for many years and together with Dr. Stefano Gogioso of Oxford University. Coecke worked on ZX Calculus and is entirely committed to making quantum more visually inspiring through pictorial representation that can be used to illustrate quantum circuits and make them more efficient while Gogioso is a mathematician and computer scientist, focused on the foundations of quantum theory and development of quantum software.

Quantinuum is a company built through the corporation of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum, two prominent quantum computing firms, that aims to accelerate the development of quantum computing and quantum technological innovation. The startup company engages in developing quantum-based-cybersecurity, chemistry, hardware, and machine learning. It promises to make quantum physics and quantum computing more inclusive and accessible to everybody, regardless of mathematical or scientific background.

Quantum in Pictures

The company has recently unveiled a deeper understanding of its newest published book related to quantum computing, Quantum in Pictures; the book highly contributes to public understanding of quantum computing and the scientific theory that underpins it by introducing readers of all levels of expertise – from schoolchildren, parents, and general science enthusiasts to businesspeople and educators – to the central concepts of quantum theory.

Quantum in Pictures is set to inspire people across nations to seriously consider quantum physics or quantum computing as a career path, as well as younger readers to consider studying physics, quantum theory, or quantum computing as the field advances and the world slowly shifts into achieving Quantum Supremacy.

What makes Quantum in Pictures unique?

Professor Bob Coecke, Quantinuum’s chief scientist, and Dr. Stefano Gogioso of Oxford University created Quantum in Pictures. The book introduces a quantum mechanics formalism based on the use of “ZX-calculus” (or “ZX”) to explain quantum processes.

When Bob and Ross Duncan, the leader of quantum software at Quantinuum, were colleagues at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory roughly 15 years ago, they created ZX-calculus (now the Computer Science Department). Instead of formal, traditional mathematics, ZX is built on a revolutionary image system. In recent years, ZX has evolved into a full system for reasoning in quantum theory, mainly as it is utilized in quantum computing. It is now frequently employed in the field of quantum computing.

Quantum in Pictures discusses some of quantum mechanics’ most essential conclusions and how they are applied in quantum computing. It employs five ZX-calculus rules to illustrate teleportation, entanglement, uncertainty, and critical aspects of quantum computing, such as CNOT gates and Hadamard gates. These ideas are presented in an entertaining, game-like manner that combines mathematical rigour with inclusion.

Deeper Understand of ZX-calculus

ZX calculus includes all the mathematical rules required to deal with quantum mechanics. ZX-calculus has been mathematically demonstrated to be universal, sound, and complete — that is, you can reason about and calculate quantum processes as effectively as if you had prior university-level mathematical training and were calculating solutions to complicated quantum mechanical problems.

ZX-calculus was also recently described in a scientific paper co-authored by Peter Shor at MIT,

 “Become of more interest than ever in fault-tolerant quantum computation and quantum compiler theory because it can explicitly visualize properties of circuits and entanglement in an intuitive manner”.

 Peter Shor at MIT, one of the founding fathers of quantum computing

Quantum in Pictures will ensure that a substantial number of individuals, if not everyone, can feel confident when learning about quantum physics and quantum computing. Additionally, an upcoming video series to complement the book should help to achieve this goal.

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