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REVIEW: "Short Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computing", Michel Le Bellac

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKSIQIQC.RVW 20071018 Short Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computing , Michel Le Bellac, 2006, 0-521-86056-3, U$70.95 %A Michel Le Bellac
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2007
      BKSIQIQC.RVW 20071018

      "Short Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computing",
      Michel Le Bellac, 2006, 0-521-86056-3, U$70.95
      %A Michel Le Bellac
      %C The Edinburgh Building, Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK
      %D 2006
      %G 0-521-86056-3 978-0-521-86056-7
      %I Cambridge University Press
      %O U$70.95 800-872-7423 www.cambridge.org
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521860563/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521860563/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience a Tech 3 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 167 p.
      %T "Short Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computing"

      Chapter one is a short discussion of some ideas about quantum
      computing. Qubits, the basic informational unit in a quantum system,
      have a mathematical introduction in chapter two. (There is also the
      obligatory mention of the BB84 [Bennett/Brassard 1984] protocol for
      quantum key distribution.) Chapter three looks at the variation, over
      time, of qubits in order to perform manipulations, and therefore
      computation. Quantum computing, unlike traditional digital circuits,
      relies upon the relations and entanglement between qubits, which is
      examined in chapter four. Chapter five moves into the basic
      structures and operations of quantum computing with qubits, some gate
      level arrangements, a comparison of classical and quantum algorithms,
      and intractable problems in classical systems. Potential physical
      constructions of these designs are presented in chapter six. Storage
      and transmission of information, in chapter seven, is at first given a
      purely abstract and mathematical treatment, but this does lead to a
      discussion of quantum error correction.

      This is a text, and one that relies almost purely on the mathematical
      foundations behind quantum mechanics and physics. Students of that
      field will find interesting extensions from theory into the practical
      realizations, but those truly wanting an introduction to quantum
      computing will need to look elsewhere.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKSIQIQC.RVW 20071018

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