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Quantum Computers, I want to work on them. Should I study physics or computer science

  1. Aug 28, 2012 #1
    Hey guys,
    I´m really interested in Quantum Computers and i´d love to work on them. I´ll have to decide my carreer soon, and i wanted to know what should i study, either Physics or Computer Science? I know that eventually I´ll have to study both...but what makes more sense to you guys?. Thanks!
     
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  3. Aug 28, 2012 #2

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    Re: Quantum Computers, I want to work on them. Should I study physics or computer sci

    As I studied physics myself, my view may be a bit biased, but I think physics is a better field to begin. Working with the first concepts of quantum computers will require a lot of quantum theory, and "programming" them is a physics task completely different from regular computers, too.

    I think this belongs to the Career Guidance forum.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2012 #3
    Re: Quantum Computers, I want to work on them. Should I study physics or computer sci

    You would want to study physics. Quantum computers work very differently than computers covered in computer science, it's an entirely different idea.
     
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