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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

To get the most out of this book

You should be comfortable with basic algebra and should have written some computer code. Advanced knowledge in either of these fields is not necessary. No prior understanding of quantum physics is needed. You should be able to think logically about scientific concepts.

This book’s code examples use a very small part of the Python programming language. If you have rudimentary skills with Java, C/C++, Visual Basic, or any related language, you can understand the book’s examples. If you run into a Python feature you don’t already know about, you can learn about it by searching the web.

Software/hardware covered in the book

System requirements


A modern web browser running on any operating system.

IBM Qiskit

Quantum computers on the IBM cloud

If you are using the digital version of this book, we advise you to type the code yourself or access the code from the book’s GitHub repository (a link is available in the next section). Doing so will help you avoid any potential errors related to the copying and pasting of code.

You can run each of this book’s examples on a web page in the IBM Quantum Lab. As long as you have a web browser, no other software is required.

But you don’t have to rely on IBM’s website. If you’re willing to follow some setup instructions, you can download Qiskit and run each example on your own computer. Your own laptop can simulate the behavior of a very small quantum computer. In this book, we emphasize the use of IBM’s website for running code, but the local execution alternative is always available.