ISBN-10:
0262015064
ISBN-13:
9780262015066
Pub. Date:
03/04/2011
Publisher:
MIT Press
Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction

Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction

by Eleanor G. Rieffel, Wolfgang H. Polak

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Overview

The combination of two of the twentieth century's most influential and revolutionary scientific theories, information theory and quantum mechanics, gave rise to a radically new view of computing and information. Quantum information processing explores the implications of using quantum mechanics instead of classical mechanics to model information and its processing. Quantum computing is not about changing the physical substrate on which computation is done from classical to quantum but about changing the notion of computation itself, at the most basic level. The fundamental unit of computation is no longer the bit but the quantum bit or qubit. This comprehensive introduction to the field offers a thorough exposition of quantum computing and the underlying concepts of quantum physics, explaining all the relevant mathematics and offering numerous examples. With its careful development of concepts and thorough explanations, the book makes quantum computing accessible to students and professionals in mathematics, computer science, and engineering. A reader with no prior knowledge of quantum physics (but with sufficient knowledge of linear algebra) will be able to gain a fluent understanding by working through the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262015066
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/04/2011
Series: Scientific and Engineering Computation
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Eleanor Rieffel is Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.

Wolfgang Polak is a computer science consultant.

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"The authors have given us an introduction to the new field of quantum information,accessible to anyone familiar with college-level mathematics. It will be the easiest way for anyone to go from knowing no quantum mechanics to understanding cutting-edge problems in quantum computing.

It will also be the most comprehensive and current book on the subject." Michael B. Heaney, Applied Quantum Technology Solar, Inc.

"The authors' aim is to make quantum computation accessible to a broad audience, and they have done a very good job in breaking down its elements — mathematics, physics, computer science — into comprehensible pieces. The book should be a good addition to the educational literature on the subject." Karoline Wiesner , School of Mathematics and Center for Complexity Science, University of Bristol

Michael B. Heaney

The authors have given us an introduction to the new field of quantum information,accessible to anyone familiar with college-level mathematics. It will be the easiest way for anyone to go from knowing no quantum mechanics to understanding cutting-edge problems in quantum computing.

It will also be the most comprehensive and current book on the subject."

Karoline Wiesner

The authors' aim is to make quantum computation accessible to a broad audience, and they have done a very good job in breaking down its elements — mathematics, physics, computer science — into comprehensible pieces. The book should be a good addition to the educational literature on the subject.

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