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REVIEW: "Approaching Quantum Computing", Dan C. Marinescu/Gabriela M. Marinescu

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    BKAPQUCM.RVW 20070304 Approaching Quantum Computing , Dan C. Marinescu/Gabriela M. Marinescu, 2005, 0-13-145224-X %A Dan C. Marinescu %A Gabriela M.
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      "Approaching Quantum Computing", Dan C. Marinescu/Gabriela M.
      Marinescu, 2005, 0-13-145224-X
      %A Dan C. Marinescu
      %A Gabriela M. Marinescu
      %C One Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
      %D 2005
      %G 0-13-145224-X
      %I Prentice Hall
      %O 800-576-3800 201-236-7139 fax: 201-236-7131
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/013145224X/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/013145224X/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience a+ Tech 2 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 386 p.
      %T "Approaching Quantum Computing"

      Chapter one introduces some of the basic concepts in quantum
      computation, using some of the physics behind both computing and
      quantum mechanics, and illustrating these ideas using experiments with
      photons. The basic mathematics behind quantum mechanics is outlined
      in chapter two. The second half of the chapter explains the
      experimental evidence for the dual particle/wave nature of photons
      leading to the requirements for theories of quantum physics, and the
      historical development of quantum theories in the first half of the
      twentieth century. Qubits are the data representation and processing
      units of quantum computer systems. Chapter three reviews the required
      characteristics for qubits, and notes a couple of physical entities
      that can be used for this purpose. Gates and circuits that can be
      created with quantum technologies are outlined in chapter four.
      Chapter five notes the possibility of a quantum Turing machine which
      may be more powerful than classical Turing machines. The material
      also examines various algorithms proposed for use with quantum
      computers. However, the possible limitations of quantum computing are
      noted: most quantum algorithms require dedicated (rather than general
      purpose) circuits, and quantum computing algorithms may be limited to
      a very select class of problems (a great many of the suggested
      algorithms are based on quantum Fourier transforms). Most of chapter
      six details historical examinations of quantum physics. The tidbits
      are fascinating, and have some bearing on quantum computing and
      communications, but are poorly related to the other content of the

      While an academic textbook, with a heavy emphasis on abstruse
      mathematics, this work could be heartily recommended to a great many
      people who *think* they know something about quantum computing.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKAPQUCM.RVW 20070304

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