Quantum Inf Process (2014) 13:587–590 DOI 10.1007/s11128-013-0690-x BOOK REVIEW Joseph M. Renes Received: 5 November 2013 / Accepted: 12 November 2013 / Published online: 26 November 2013 © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 A decade ago, it was not uncommon for researchers in quantum information theory to be fairly well-acquainted with essentially all the results in the ﬁeld. Today, this is scarcely possible, as the ﬁeld has grown tremendously and led to several specialized subﬁelds. One of these is “quantum Shannon theory,” the study of the fundamental limits to communication and storage when using quantum-mechanical information carriers, named after the pioneer of (classical) information theory, Claude Shannon. Although quantum Shannon theory is the oldest part of quantum information theory— the earliest investigations were concerned with the effects of the quantum nature of light on reliable communication —the last ten years have produced an enormous number of fundamental results, not the least of which is an expression for the capacity of noisy quantum channels to reliably transmit quantum information. As is often the case for highly technical results, the journal literature appears as a nearly impenetrable thicket of mathematical prose to those not already well-acquainted with the ﬁeld. The
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