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Quantum Computer Science

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In the 1990's it was realized that quantum physics has some spectacular applications in computer science. This book is a concise introduction to quantum computation, developing the basic elements of this new branch of computational theory without assuming any background in physics. It begins with an introduction to the quantum theory from a computer-science perspective. It ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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H (K) = - ∑ (P (K) log (P (K): "Quantum Computer Science" by N. David Mermin

Here is a puzzle quantum computers won't solve:

1. We have a randomized ASCII extended string X1 transforming the plaintext.

2. We have a randomized ASCII extended string X2 creating the key characters.

X1 & X2 = n (0 to 255)

X1 (n 0 - 255) + X2 (n 0 - 255) = X3 | Mod256

That is all we need to understand when using modular arithmetic. For example let the character E
Mitch Allen
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A compact but excellent introduction to quantum computer science; very technical but accessible to anyone with a computer science and linear algebra background. Mermin is a good writer, and if you want to dig up his online talks, you'll find that he is also a very entertaining speaker. ...more
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An excellent and concise introduction to quantum computing. It covers the basics of quantum gates, construction and applications (RSA encryption, search) as well as important topics such as quantum error correction. It is an good resource for those who want to get the basic ideas and big picture of quantum computers.

The organization is extremely effective: Distracting details are redirected to the 16 appendices. The main text, about 160 pages, discusses all the important topics and techniques in
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a software engineer by trade which means I use computers to solve real-world problems. I'm effective at that because I "get" classical computers, and can intuit what they can be made to do and how.

I hope someday to "get" quantum computers the same way. I have read a lot of popular science articles and books to try to get that understanding. I've delved in quantum mechanics which mathematics has been fascinating. Now I've read this book.

I still don't "get it".

The book's focus is on the mathe
Anthony O'Connor
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good coverage of the basics. I like the comp science centric approach. A little hard to follow some of the finer details. Really thorough coverage of error correction. The author has an unusual view on the nature of quantum states, and insists on using qbit rather than qubit throughout. Be wary.
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Nathaniel David Mermin (born 1935) is a solid-state physicist at Cornell University best known for the eponymous Mermin–Wagner theorem, his application of the term "Boojum" to superfluidity, and for the quote "shut up and calculate!" (in the context of the interpretation of quantum mechanics).

In 1976, Neil Ashcroft and Mermin published a textbook on solid-state physics. As a proponent of Quantum B

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