Understanding Quantum Technologies 2023 paperback edition

Publié le 22 octobre 2023 et mis à jour le 14 novembre 2023 - Commenter -
PDF Afficher une version imprimable de cet article
  

Since the release on September 28, 2023, of the third edition in English of the book Understanding Quantum Technologies, I have worked hard to both update the book and clean it for releasing it in paperback edition on Amazon KDP. The modifications log at the end of the book provides indications of what changed over time.

The book is 1,366 pages long and is always available as a free access PDF file download in A4 and Letter formats as well as on arXiv. But you may appreciate reading it on paper! It is quite comfortable for the eye compared to a screen of any size and technology (black and white ink, LCD, OLED).

Amazon paperback edition

Like with the previous 2021 and 2022 editions, the 2023 version is now available in paperback format on several Amazon web sites and thus nearly anywhere in the world. I have withdrawn the two previous editions from Amazon to make sure you don’t get confused between these older editions and the new one and get the latest which is the greatest and the best, of course.

Due to its sheer size, I split the book into three volumes of respectively 326, 528 and 544 pages. The three volumes weigh 3.5 kg and have a thickness of 8.3 cm.

  • The first volume covers quantum physics history and key scientists, quantum physics 101, linear algebra, gate-based quantum computing and quantum computing engineering (including quantum error correction and the energetics of quantum technologies).
  • The second volume covers quantum computing hardware, enabling technologies (cryogeny, control electronics, manufacturing, raw materials), unconventional computing, quantum communications and cryptography, and quantum sensing.
  • The third volume covers algorithms, software tools and case studies, geopolitics, societal issues, and quantum fake sciences. It also contains a glossary, index and table of figures covering the three volumes.

The main target audience is always the same with computer science engineers, developers and IT specialists who want to understand how quantum technologies work, and particularly quantum computing. It is also of interest for many academic and industry quantum technology specialists who are looking for an up-to-date overview of this broad domain, both in the scientific and industry fields.

These three volumes are available on Amazon.com (USA + worldwide), Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.fr (France), Amazon.es (Spain), Amazon.it (Italy) Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.nl (The Netherlands), Amazon.pl (Poland), Amazon.se (Sweden) and Amazon.ca (Canada). If you live outside the above mentioned countries, look at the various delivery options of these various Amazon websites, particularly on Amazon.com.

The volumes price is respectively 25 Euros/US dollars, 42 and 42 Euros/US dollars.

Making of

Creating such a book obviously took me a lot of time spread over the last six years. It is an incremental work where each new edition is reviewed, checked, updated and complemented with additional content. On top of that, a lot of quite geeky work is at play here for the book editing.

I write it using Microsoft Word 365, which may appear a weird choice for researchers acustomed to using LaTEX. I used LaTEX to write a recent peer reviewed perspective on superconducting qubits earlier this year. It was a pain and I have not found any tool able to correctly convert a large Word file into LaTEX. And LaTEX is not really interactive whatever the editing tool you use. I may be too “old fashion” to favor real WYSIWYG tools which, if I remember well, appeared around 1984 on the Macintosh (remember Pagemaker!) and, a little later, on Windows PCs. Still, this huge book is testing the limits of Word, running with 16 GB or memory. It sometimes wants to save the file to some non existent place, seemingly on the cloud, generating error messages with no solution and wasting you some minutes. Some macros that I wrote don’t work because of this unwanted and uncontrollable feature. Also, managing vector images is complicated. It works well with EMF, the proprietary enhanced metafile format from Microsoft. But this format has limitations, like not being able to handle objects with some transparency. SVG files can be embedded in your text but are exported in pixellated PNG files in your PDF. Slides with a mix of SVG and EMF are sometimes well handled in the PDF and sometimes not.

I developed a set of Word VBA macros and various other scripts to improve my productivity. For example, outputing this book in PDF requires generating 11 PDF files in total. Two for an A4 and Letter version in a single volume, six for A4 and Letter versions in three compressed volumes and three with inside pages only for Amazon KDP. I launch this process using a Word VBA macro which lasts over 30 minutes on a recent laptop. I use a secondary laptop to run this process! It generates all these versions with a single Word source file, using tricks like specific bookmarks and sections to separate what must be kept or removed in these various editions and generating the tables of contents, figures and index for these.

I also created macros for various tasks like making sure that all or most of the 994 figures are well referenced in the text, for regenerating the index, and for generating various statistics like the number of referenced papers and their total number of pages. My editing is also improved with a macro that turns an arXiv link into something in clear with title, url, authors and date, another to quickly reference a figure with inputting just its number (instead of browsing the list of 964 figures manually), one for cleaning up some table formatting, and various other cleanup tasks. I also use Python (with Spyder) to generate the qubit fidelities scatter plots shown in the book, in the Quantum Error Correction section. Plus, Excel for most other data handling and charting tasks.

Then, publishing on Amazon KDP brings its own workload. You need to create the covers in a single PDF which size depends on the number of pages. You follow guidelines from KDP to set up your cover. I use Powerpoint to do that. Then, you submit your book using the KDP interface. You can order a draft which takes about 4 open days to be delivered (pictured above). You then publish the books and cross fingers that everything gets smoothly. In 2022, I had to improve the readability of some figures and change the numbering of the first pages in the book before its content, using roman numbers (i to viii).

Starting early in 2023, I also became accustomed to using ChatGPT and Google Bard as extended search engines. It works quite well when you need to get some good plain language explanations on key quantum whatever concept. You still need to be very careful because these LLMs (large language models) use source data that is not always correct, since being… of human origin. So, every answer has to be carefully checked with some authoritative sources.

A last trick is my display setup. Since 2019, I work with my laptop under a 43 inches 16×9 monitor. It is a regular 4K TV costing only 400€ (plus a small stand). It is quite convenient to display many pages or slides, particularly when editing the layout of your text and figures.

With that, you know it all!

Enjoy the reading!

RRR

 
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
img
img
img

Publié le 22 octobre 2023 et mis à jour le 14 novembre 2023 Post de | Quantique | 3267 lectures

PDF Afficher une version imprimable de cet article     

Reçevez par email les alertes de parution de nouveaux articles :


 

RRR

 
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
img
img
img


Ajouter un commentaire

Vous pouvez utiliser ces tags dans vos commentaires :<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> , sachant qu'une prévisualisation de votre commentaire est disponible en bas de page après le captcha.

Last posts / derniers articles

Free downloads

Understanding Quantum Technologies 2023, a free 1,366 pages ebook about all quantum technologies (computing, telecommunications, cryptography, sensing) also available in paperback edition on Amazon:

image

Free downloads

Understanding Quantum Technologies 2023 Short version, a 24 pages with key takeaways from the eponymous book.

image

Voir aussi la liste complète des publications de ce blog.

Derniers albums photos

Depuis juillet 2014, mes photos sont maintenant intégrées dans ce site sous la forme d'albums consultables dans le plugin "Photo-Folders". Voici les derniers albums publiés ou mis à jour. Cliquez sur les vignettes pour accéder aux albums.
albth
QFDN
Expo
791 photos
albth
Remise Légion d'Honneur Philippe Herbert Jul2021
2021
15 photos
albth
Vivatech Jun2021
2021
120 photos
albth
Visite C2N Palaiseau Mar2021
2021
17 photos
albth
Annonce Stratégie Quantique C2N Jan2021
2021
137 photos
albth
Maison Bergès Jul2020
2020
54 photos
albth
Grenoble Jul2020
2020
22 photos

image

Avec Marie-Anne Magnac, j'ai lancé #QFDN, l'initiative de valorisation de femmes du numérique par la photo. Elle circule dans différentes manifestations. L'initiative rassemble près de 800 femmes du numérique (en janvier 2022) et elle s'enrichit en continu. Tous les métiers du numérique y sont représentés.

Les photos et les bios de ces femmes du numérique sont présentées au complet sur le site QFDN ! Vous pouvez aussi visualiser les derniers portraits publiés sur mon propre site photo. Et ci-dessous, les 16 derniers par date de prise de vue, les vignettes étant cliquables.
flow
Gaëlle Rannou
Gaëlle est étudiante à 42 Paris et tutrice de l’équipe pédagogique (en 2021).
flow
Jehanne Dussert
Jehanne est étudiante à l'école 42, membre d'AI For Tomorrow et d'Open Law, le Droit ouvert. Elle est aussi fondatrice de "Comprendre l'endométriose", un chatbot informant sur cette maladie qui touche une personne menstruée sur 10, disponible sur Messenger. #entrepreneuse #juridique #santé
flow
Chloé Hermary
Chloé est fondatrice d'Ada Tech School, une école d'informatique alternative et inclusive dont la mission est de former une nouvelle génération de talents diversifié à avoir un impact sur le monde. #entrepreneuse #formation
flow
Anna Minguzzi
Anna est Directrice de Recherche au CNRS au Laboratoire de Physique et Modélisation des Milieux Condensés (LPMMC) à Grenoble. #quantique
flow
Maeliza Seymour
Maeliza est CEO et co-fondatrice de CodistAI, qui permet de créer une documentation du code informatique par une IA.
flow
Candice Thomas
Candice est ingénieure-chercheuse au CEA-Leti, travaillant sur l’intégration 3D de bits quantiques au sein du projet Quantum Silicon Grenoble. #recherche #quantique
flow
Stéphanie Robinet
Stéphanie dirige un laboratoire de conception intégrée de circuits électroniques du CEA-Leti qui travaille sur des systèmes sur puces intégrés, des interfaces de capteurs, des interfaces de contrôle de qubits et de la gestion intégrée de l'énergie. #recherche #quantique
flow
Sabine Keravel
Sabine est responsable du business development pour l’informatique quantique chez Atos. #quantique #IT
flow
Céline Castadot
Céline est HPC, AI and Quantum strategic project manager chez Atos.
flow
Léa Bresque
Léa est doctorante, en thèse à l'institut Néel du CNRS en thermodynamique quantique, sous la direction d'Alexia Auffèves (en 2021). #quantique #recherche
flow
Emeline Parizel
Emeline est chef de projet web et facilitatrice graphique chez Klee Group, co-fondatrice TEDxMontrouge, gribouilleuse à ses heures perdues, joue dans une troupe de comédie musicale, co-animatrice de meetups et est sensible à l’art et à la culture. #création
flow
Elvira Shishenina
Elvira est Quantum Computing lead chez BMW ainsi que présidente de QuantX, l'association des polytechniciens du quantique. #quantique
flow
Marie-Noëlle Semeria
Marie-Noëlle est Chief Technology Officer pour le Groupe Total après avoir dirigé le CEA-Leti à Grenoble. #recherche
flow
Gwendolyn Garan
Gwendolyn est travailleuse indépendante, Game UX Designer, Game UX Researcher (GUR) et 2D Artist pour le jeu vidéo, étudiante en Master 2 Sciences du Jeu, speaker et Formatrice sur l'autisme et la neurodiversité, l'accessibilité et les systèmes de représentation dans les jeux vidéo. #création #jeuvidéo
flow
Alexandra Ferreol
Alexandra est étudiante d'un bachelor Game Design à L'Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (année scolaire 2019/2020) #création #jeuvidéo
flow
Ann-elfig Turpin
Ann-elfig est étudiante en deuxième année à Lisaa Paris Jeux Vidéos (Technical artist, 3D artiste), année scolaire 2019/2020. #création #jeuvidéo

Derniers commentaires

“[…] to Olivier Ezratty, author of Understanding quantum technologies 2023, the challenge for Europe is to position itself outside of where the US and China are likely end up...”
“Désolé, je suis passé à l'anglais en 2021 sans revenir au français. Traduire un tel ouvrage (1366) pages d'une langue à l'autre est un travail herculéen, même avec des outils de traduction automatique. Sachant...”
“Je suis un artiste conceptuel, certes je garde la grande majorité de mon travail dans ma tête par défaut d'un grand mécène. Mon travail de base se situe sur le "mimétisme" qui mène aux itérations et de nombreux...”
“Better than a Harry Potter! Thanks Olivier...”
“J'ai bien aimé le commentaire sur le film Openheiner avec l'interrogation du chercheur sur l'utilisation de ses découvertes. En continuation de ces propos, je propose d'écouter le débat suivant qui m'a semblé...”

Abonnement email

Pour recevoir par email les alertes de parution de nouveaux articles :


 

RRR

 
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
img
img
img