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Books on quantum computing?

  1. Apr 28, 2017 #1

    What is a good book to learn Quantum Computing?

    I've being looking for the most common ones and reading some reviews at Amazon, and created this list:

    • A Short Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computation, Le Bellac, 2006
    • An Introduction to Quantum Computing Algorithms, Pittenger, 2001
    • An introduction to quantum computing, Kaye, Laflamme,Mosca, 2007
    • Classical and Quantum Computation, Kitaev, 2002
    • Elements of quantum computation and Quantum Communication, Anirban, 2013.
    • Entanglement, quantum phase transitions and quantum algorithms, Lacort,
    • Experimental Aspects of Quantum Computing, Everitt, 2005
    • Explorations in Quantum Computing, Williams, 2010
    • Introduction to Quantum Information Processing, Lucke.
    • Introduction to Information Retrieval and Quantum Mechanics, Melucci, 2015
    • Introduction to Quantum Computing, Wartrous Notes, 2006
    • Logic and Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computing, Chubb, 2010
    • Nano, Quantum And Molecular Computing, Shukla, Bahar, 2004
    • Quantum Algorithms Via Linear Algebra, Lipton, 2014
    • Quantum Computation and Quantum Communication, Theory and Experiments, Pavicic, 2006
    • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Nielsen, Chuang, 2011
    • Quantum Computer Science An Introduction, Mermin, 2007
    • Quantum Computer Science, Lanzagorta, Uhlmann, 2008
    • Quantum Computer. How It Works Issue 95, 2017
    • Quantum Computing, A Gentle Introduction, Rieffel, Polak, 2014
    • Quantum Computing Explained, McMahon, 2007
    • Quantum Computing for Computer Architects, Metodi, 2011
    • Quantum Computing for computer scientists, Yanofsky y Manucci, 2008
    • Quantum Computing since Democritus, Aaronson, 2013
    • Quantum Engineering, Zagonskin, 2011
    • Quantum Information Computation and Communication, Jones, 2010
    • Quantum Quenching, Annealing and Computation, Somma, 2010
    • Quantum Walks and Search Algorithms, Portugal, 2013
    • Quantum computation, Aharanov,
    • Quantum Walks for Computer Scientists, Venegas, 2008
    • Reversible Computing Fundamentals, Quantum Computing, and Applications, De Vos, 2010
    • The Temple of Quantum Computing, Perry, 2004.
    • The Limits of Quantum Computers, Aaronson
    • What Quantum Computing Means to Data Mining, Wittek, 2014

    Have you read any of them?. Would you include something else (not only plain quantum physics)?. Maybe Quantum Information?
    Could you rank them or at least say which one is not worth reading it or it's a good one? You can make categories.

    Some people chooses Laflamme, Rieffel or Yanofsky as introductor books. But maybe nowadays there exist newer ones better than the oldies.
    And they choose Nielsen as the advanced one.
    It's difficult to find comparisons.

    I'm looking for a book well explained without too much mathematics, mixing some theory, some details on the experimental construction and much details on the algorithms. And if possible not too old, with new topics.
    For somebody with a good level of maths and classical computers who passed his exams on quantum mechanichs many years ago and forgot some things.
    Maybe Quantum Computing for Computer Architects or something targeted to engineers?
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  3. Apr 29, 2017 #2
    Quantum Information and Quantum Computing, Nakahara, 2013
  4. May 2, 2017 #3


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    The best known and most cited book on this stuff is Nielsen Chuang. If you plan to take only one book, take this one.

    I also like McMahon, because he explains things in a very simple pedestrian way, with all calculation details. See also https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/the-ultimate-demystifier.871588/
    Last edited: May 2, 2017
  5. May 2, 2017 #4
    But this book is quite old, I expected to find some kind of "new" Nielsen's book.
  6. May 2, 2017 #5


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    There are new editions of Nielsen Chuang, but I don't know whether they made any substantial changes in them.
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