Ian Sample explores the journey from logic to modern computers.
The annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition shows off the best of British science, highlighting the place of scientific innovation at the heart of our culture, and of our economic wellbeing.
The exhibition dates back to the early 19th century, when the Royal Society’s president invited guests to his home to inspect collections of scientific instruments and other objects illustrating the newest scientific research.
These days it’s an exhibition with a huge range of events, and on this and next week’s podcast we’ll be looking at four of them.
This week we’re going to explore the impact maths and logic has had on modern computing, and whether quantum computing is a realistic prospect.
Ian Sample is joined down the line by Vlatko Vedral, professor of physics at Oxford University. In the studio is Patrick Fitzpatrick, emeritus professor of mathematics at University College Cork, the Guardian’s science correspondent Hannah Devlin, and Phil Oldfield, our British Science Association media fellow.
Patrick Fitzpatrick was speaking at the Royal Society alongside Emanuele Pelucchi, Head of the Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Grant Group at Tyndall National Institute-University College Cork.