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