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Quantum Computing Explained

David McMahon

ISBN: 978-0-470-09699-4 December 2007 Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr 332 Pages


A self-contained treatment of the fundamentals of quantum computing

This clear, practical book takes quantum computing out of the realm of theoretical physics and teaches the fundamentals of the field to students and professionals who have not had training in quantum computing or quantum information theory, including computer scientists, programmers, electrical engineers, mathematicians, physics students, and chemists. The author cuts through the conventions of typical jargon-laden physics books and instead presents the material through his unique "how-to" approach and friendly, conversational style.

Readers will learn how to carry out calculations with explicit details and will gain a fundamental grasp of:

Quantum mechanics

Quantum computation


Quantum cryptography


Quantum algorithms

Error correction

A number of worked examples are included so readers can see how quantum computing is done with their own eyes, while answers to similar end-of-chapter problems are provided for readers to check their own work as they learn to master the information.

Ideal for professionals and graduate-level students alike, Quantum Computing Explained delivers the fundamentals of quantum computing readers need to be able to understand current research papers and go on to study more advanced quantum texts.

Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to Information Theory.

Chapter 2: Qubits and Quantum States.

Chapter 3: Matrices and Operators.

Chapter 4: Tensor Products.

Chapter 5: The Density Operator.

Chapter 6: Quantum Measurement Theory.

Chapter 7: Entanglement.

Chapter 8: Quantum Gates and Circuits.

Chapter 9: Quantum Algorithms.

Chapter 10: Applications of Entanglement: Teleportation and Superdense Coding.

Chapter 11: Quantum Cryptography.

Chapter 12: Quantum Noise and Error Correction.

Chapter 13: Tools of Quantum Information Theory.

Chapter 14. Adiabatic Quantum Computation.

Chapter 15. Cluster State Quantum Computing.



“It is informal, with the goal of introducing the concepts used in the field and then showing through explicit examples how to work with them.”  (Zentralblatt MATH, 2012)

"This book is friendly alternative for beginners…rookies can self-train by using the book, while gurus can follow the contents to deliver lectures." (Computing Reviews, August 13, 2008)