Quantum Inf Process (2010) 9:749–751 DOI 10.1007/s11128-010-0202-1 BOOK REVIEW Benjamin Schumacher and Michael Westmoreland: Quantum processes, systems, & information Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010 Howard M. Wiseman Received: 28 September 2010 / Accepted: 30 September 2010 / Published online: 21 October 2010 © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 This book promotes information as the core concept underlying a proper appreciation of quantum theory. Given this, it is ironic that the authors’ perpetuate, on page 2, one of the great myths in information transmission: that Paul Revere cried, on his mid- night ride of 18th April 1775, “the British are coming!” This historical slip aside, choosing such a dramatic illustration of the nature of information—a message (that the Regulars were staying put in Boston, that they were marching down the Neck, or that they were crossing the harbour by boat) that can be encoded into a signal (zero, one, or two lamps hung in a Boston church steeple), and that it can be transformed (into the thoughts and actions of Revere and others that night)—is an inspired start to an inspiring book. Schumacher and Westmoreland are both eminent researchers in quantum informa- tion theory. The former has the distinction of
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