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# Feynman Lectures On Computation

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When, in 1984–86, Richard P. Feynman gave his famous course on computation at the California Institute of Technology, he asked Tony Hey to adapt his lecture notes into a book. Although led by Feynman, the course also featured, as occasional guest speakers, some of the most brilliant men in science at that time, including Marvin Minsky, Charles Bennett, and John Hopfield. A
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Paperback, 320 pages

Published
July 7th 2000
by Westview Press
(first published 1996)

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Dec 27, 2008
DJ
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really liked it

Recommends it for:
anyone interested in CS theory or the physical limits of computers

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Oxford University quantum info course syllabus

There's a reason Richard Feynman is the most famous physics lecturer of all time. No, it's not because he held his office hours in a strip club (though he did) or that he helped develop the atomic bomb (though he did) or that he openly abused drugs, attended nudist gatherings, and played the bongos (though he did). Surely these have contributed to his legend but, most importantly,

Science education lends ...more

**RPF was a master of the analogy.***Warning: Impending Tangent on Science Education and Modeling*Science education lends ...more

Most of the material in the book is quite interesting. I was a little bit disappointed by chapter 6 (Quantum Mechanical Computers): perhaps it was too early to talk about quantum computers at that time. For example, discussion of decoherence is missing. Decoherence was first introduced in 1970 and has been a subject of active research since the 1980s. I wonder why R. Feynman did not touch it in his book.

Overall, this book provides a so ...more

**Superb**

A superb introduction to the basics of the theory of computation by one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. Right down to the basics. Explaining everything beautifully.

The chapters on reversible computation and the thermodynamics of computation have a bit more physics in them than you might be used to if coming from a purely comp sci background but it’s worth it.

Most fascinating if all is his last chapter on quantum computing. These were lectures from the early 80s. Feynman’s f ...more

Apr 17, 2021
Paige McLoughlin
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it was amazing

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Feynman does a good job on Computation starting with ones and zeroes and logic gates and building up to theory of computing including universal Turing machines, Shannon communication and entropy, reversible computing, quantum computers, how silicon chips work. A good primer on computer technology which even though written in the 1980s is still relevant.

Sep 14, 2007
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Feynman's mind leaps across multiple branches of science to bring powerful insights into computing. I love his approach and he delves from programming into the physics of the transistor in one fell swoop - and that's all in a single page!
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Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Pr
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