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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

What Is a Qubit?

“A qubit is a quantum bit.” That’s a nice soundbite, but what does it mean? In this chapter, we’ll do our best to answer that question.

To describe a qubit, we’ll start with a rough analogy. We’ll rely on some very informal (maybe even heretical) terminology and work our way to a more precise description.

Our description will take several forms. We’ll start by drawing a sharp distinction between qubits and classical bits. We’ll assert that a qubit’s value isn’t necessarily 0 or 1. Instead, a qubit’s value can be a number (of some kind) that’s between 0 and 1. To make this assertion more believable, we’ll explain how to implement qubits in a laboratory using elementary particles such as electrons and photons.

A bit can sit quietly on a thumb drive without ever being read by a computer of any kind. The bit’s value is 0 or 1, whether anyone ever reads the bit or...