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ERIC Number: EJ770486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Random Numbers and Quantum Computers
McCartney, Mark; Glass, David
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v33 n5 p691-699 Sep 2002
The topic of random numbers is investigated in such a way as to illustrate links between mathematics, physics and computer science. First, the generation of random numbers by a classical computer using the linear congruential generator and logistic map is considered. It is noted that these procedures yield only pseudo-random numbers since deterministic algorithms are used. The paper then discusses the strange behaviour of the quantum world and briefly describes how its properties could be exploited in a quantum computer to produce numbers that are genuinely random. The final section considers how different ways of looking at a problem can yield insights into the concept of randomness. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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