Cryptoreality: A Conversation with Artur Ekert

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Open Agenda Publishing, Apr 14, 2021 - Computers - 65 pages
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Artur Ekert, Professor of Quantum Physics at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. Artur Ekert is one of the pioneers of quantum cryptography. This wide-ranging conversation provides detailed insights into his groundbreaking research and covers many fascinating topics such as mathematical and physical intuition, a detailed history of cryptography from antiquity to the present day and how it works in practice, the development of quantum information science, the nature of reality, and more.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Putting the Pieces Together, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Beginnings - Mathematics, physics and intuition

II. Cryptographic Essentials - From the ancient Greeks to the Cold War

III. Public Key Cryptosystems - Harnessing the difficulty factor

IV. Harnessing Interference - The power of quantum computers

V. Quantum Sociology - What is quantum information science, anyway?

VI. Quantum Metaphysics -  And its concrete effects

VII. The Joy of Questioning - And the merits of being rebellious

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A Note on the Text
The Conversation
Cryptographic Essentials
Public Key Cryptosystems
Harnessing Interference
Quantum Sociology
Quantum Metaphysics
The Joy of Questioning

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About the author (2021)

Howard Burton holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. For his award-winning initiative Ideas Roadshow, Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 world-leading experts, including 3 Nobel Laureates, through a focused yet informal setting. 

Howard has been able to capture candid, behind-the-scenes insights which offer a detailed portrayal of the world of today's top researchers across all disciplines. Howard was the Founding Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of PI were described in his book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

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