- Series: Scientific and Engineering Computation
- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262015064
- ISBN-13: 978-0262015066
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction (Scientific and Engineering Computation) 1st Edition
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The collection of exercises is a treasure… I could open any chapter and follow its content without having to turn to previous chapters for notions and notation… precious for the beginner... [a] masterpiece. I need not say more.(Valerio Scarani, Physics Today Physics Today)
Rieffel and Polak have produced a pedagogical triumph. While reviewing this book, I designed and delivered a first-year undergraduate computing lecture and workshop drawing on its content, with excellent impact… A masterpiece that should be read by all who are interested in quantum computing.(Colin Price Times Higher Education)
[ Quantum Computing] offers one of the best introductions to the themes and concepts of quantum measurement that I have ever read...The authors have the rare capacity of offering us a steady quality of educational throughput, regardless of the inherent difficulty of the theme presented...It is a significant education oeuvre.(Constantin S. Chassapis Computing Reviews)
The authors have given us an introduction to the new field of quantum information, accessible to anyone familiar with college-level mathematics. It will be the easiest way for anyone to go from knowing no quantum mechanics to understanding cutting-edge problems in quantum computing. It will also be the most comprehensive and current book on the subject."(Michael B. Heaney, Applied Quantum Technology Solar, Inc.)
The authors' aim is to make quantum computation accessible to a broad audience, and they have done a very good job in breaking down its elements -- mathematics, physics, computer science -- into comprehensible pieces. The book should be a good addition to the educational literature on the subject.(Karoline Wiesner, School of Mathematics and Center for Complexity Science, University of Bristol)
About the Author
Eleanor Rieffel is Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.
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(1) There is almost no discussion, within the text, of actual experimental work. There is a *mountain* of very interesting work in QC, including even commercial applications. I found myself scrambling to breathe some life into this very theoretical text by mentioning experimental examples. There are some helpful footnotes, but...goodness gracious, why not acknowledge where we actually are in the field, right now?
(2) As nice as the exercises are, most answers aren't provided! That's going to prevent a lot of teachers from adopting the book. However, the examples are nice and much appreciated.
(3) I found the comparisons to classical computing and other alternatives e.g. adiabatic QC rather lacking. That's a shame because QC research is a lot more than simple theoretical two-state manipulations.
On the whole, I didn't find this book as "gentle" for my students as I'd hoped! Without my PhD-level understanding of QM, I honestly would not have caught the most important points, myself. My students were completely lost at sea in several sections. That said, there are so few good texts on QC, this did provide a nice theoretical framework.
But, it is written in a traditional text book front to back approach that requires you to read the whole book before you understand what is going on. I perfer to teach by providing the student or reader with a road-map of what is to come in the first chapter. Then follow up with the necessary details. This is an advance topic and not a freshman/junior topic. This allows the student to decide to drop out if it is over their head during the teaching of the first chapter.
Therefore, I challenge the sub-title "A Gentle Introduction" and would suggest instead "An Alternative Introdution" I also challeng some one to write a book that is "A Gentle Introduction" to quantum computers that covers the basic difference between bits and qubits in a few chapters followed by the four categories of application opportunities (quantum factoring, quantum search, quantum data transportation, and quantum noise). The latter give people insight into where the money will be spent and the JOBS will be.