Quantum Computer Science
by David Mermin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2007
Number of pages: 236
This book is a concise introduction to quantum computation, developing the basic elements of this new branch of computational theory without assuming any background in physics. It begins with an introduction to the quantum theory from a computer-science perspective. It illustrates the quantum-computational approach with several elementary examples of quantum speed-up, before moving to the major applications.
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