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Quantum Computing Algorithms

By : Barry Burd
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Book Image

Quantum Computing Algorithms

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By: Barry Burd

Overview of this book

Navigate the quantum computing spectrum with this book, bridging the gap between abstract, math-heavy texts and math-avoidant beginner guides. Unlike intermediate-level books that often leave gaps in comprehension, this all-encompassing guide offers the missing links you need to truly understand the subject. Balancing intuition and rigor, this book empowers you to become a master of quantum algorithms. No longer confined to canned examples, you'll acquire the skills necessary to craft your own quantum code. Quantum Computing Algorithms is organized into four sections to build your expertise progressively. The first section lays the foundation with essential quantum concepts, ensuring that you grasp qubits, their representation, and their transformations. Moving to quantum algorithms, the second section focuses on pivotal algorithms — specifically, quantum key distribution and teleportation. The third section demonstrates the transformative power of algorithms that outpace classical computation and makes way for the fourth section, helping you to expand your horizons by exploring alternative quantum computing models. By the end of this book, quantum algorithms will cease to be mystifying as you make this knowledge your asset and enter a new era of computation, where you have the power to shape the code of reality.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Part 1 Nuts and Bolts
Part 2 Making Qubits Work for You
Part 3 Quantum Computing Algorithms
Part 4 Beyond Gate-Based Quantum Computing

Deutsch’s Algorithm

Classical computers solve problems. If they didn’t solve any problems, we’d call them “classical waste.”

So, what about quantum computers? Are there any problems that quantum computers can solve? If you’ve read Chapters 1 to 6, you may be suspicious.

Chapters 1 to 4 describe qubits, but those chapters say nothing about problems you can solve with those qubits. Chapters 5 and 6 show you how to move qubits around, but neither of those chapters involves a question-and-answer scenario. You can ask a classical computer whether 15 equals 3 times 5. Could you ask a quantum computer to do that?

In this chapter, we pose a question and a quantum computer provides an answer. The question concerns binary-valued functions, and the answer comes courtesy of something called Deutsch’s algorithm.

When you read about Deutsch’s algorithm, your first impression may be that this algorithm is a complete waste of resources...