*The Quantum Universe*. 1987, with Patrick Walters1996, with Richard P. Feynman, Robin W. Allen*Feynman Lectures on Computation*.*Feynman and Computation*. 2002

Most people who write books about computation starting at the level
of assembly language would then work *up* from there; Feynman works
*down*, covering lots of the fascinating nitty-gritty stuff that he,
as a physicist, is interested in. So there is lots of material here that
is rarely found in computing texts, and certainly even more rarely found
in as accessible a form as this. And the lectures that are right down in
the physics -- on thermodynamically reversible computation and quantum
computing -- are some of today's hot topics: Feynman, as usual, was way
ahead of his time.

This is a write-up of a series of lectures Feynman gave at CalTech in
the mid 1980s, transcribed from tape recordings. So the chapters capture
the flavour of the great man's lecturing style, and the informality of the
spoken word. But although I am a great admirer of Feynman's, I don't think
the change of medium works too well in this case. I'd love to *hear*
these lectures, but when *reading*, I would prefer a deeper and more
polished form.

**Contents:**

- Introduction to Computers
- Computer Organization
- The Theory of Computation
- Coding and Information Theory
- Reversible Computation and the Thermodynamics of Computing
- Quantum Mechanical Computers
- Physical Aspects of Computation
- A. J. G. Hey. Afterword: Memories of Richard Feynman.

- • John Archibald Wheeler.
**Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links**. 1989 - • John J. Hopfield.
**Feynman and Computation**. 2002 - • John J. Hopfield.
**Neural Networks and Physical Systems with Emergent Collective Computational Abilities**. 1982 - • Carver A. Mead.
**Feynman as a Colleague**. 2002 - • Carver A. Mead.
**Collective Electrodynamics I**. 1997 - • Gerald Jay Sussman.
**A Memory**. 2002 - • Gerald Jay Sussman, Jack Wisdom.
**Numercial Evidence that the Motion of Pluto is Chaotic**. 1988 - • Richard P. Feynman.
**There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom**. 1960 - • Rolf Landauer.
**Information is Inevitably Physical**. 2002 - • Carver A. Mead.
**Scaling of MOS Technology to Submicrometer Feature Sizes**. 1994 - • Marvin L. Minsky.
**Richard Feynman and Cellular Vacuum**. 2002 - • Richard P. Feynman.
**Simulating Physics with Computers**. 1982 - • Paul Benioff.
**Quantum Robots**. 2002 - • Charles H. Bennett.
**Quantum Information Theory**. 2002 - • Richard J. Hughes.
**Quantum Computation**. 2002 - • Richard P. Feynman.
**Computing Machines in the Future**. 1985 - • Geoffrey C. Fox.
**Internetics: Technologies, Applications and Academic Fields**. 2002 - • W. Daniel Hillis.
**Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine**. 1989 - • Norman H. Margolus.
**Crystalline Computation**. 2002 - • Edward F. Fredkin.
**Feynman, Barton and the Reversible Schrodinger Difference Equation**. 2002 - • Tommaso Toffoli.
**Action, or the Fungibility of Computation**. 2002 - • Wojciech H. Zurek.
**Algorithmic Randomness, Physical Entropy, Measurements, and the Demon of Choice**. 1998