This text is a comprehensive introduction to the main ideas and techniques
of the field of quantum computation and quantum information. Until now,
the rapid rate of progress and its cross-disciplinary nature have made it
difficult for newcomers to the field to obtain a broad overview of the most
important techniques and results.
Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang ask the question: what are the ultimate
physical limits to computation and communication? They describe in detail
such remarkable effects as fast quantum algorithms, quantum teleportation,
quantum cryptography and quantum error-correction. A wealth of
accompanying figures and exercises illustrate and develop the material in
more depth. A special feature is the tutorial introductions to quantum
mechanics and computer science included in Part I of the book, ensuring that
the subject is accessible even without a background in physics or computer
science. In Part II, the authors present quantum computation, and describe
what a quantum computer is, how it can be used to solve problems faster
than familiar 'classical' computers, and the real-world implementation of
quantum computers. Part III concludes the book with an in-depth treatment
of quantum information, explaining how quantum states can be used to
perform remarkable feats of communication, together with a discussion of
how it is possible to protect quantum states against the effects of noise.
This exciting text will be of interest to beginning graduate students and
researchers in physics, computer science, mathematics, and electrical
engineering with an interest in quantum computation and quantum
information, and may be used as a text in courses on the subject.
Michael Nielsen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of
Queensland. He was born in Brisbane, Australia, and received his education
at the University of Queensland, obtaining postgraduate degrees in
Mathematics and Physics before receiving his Ph.D. in Physics as a
Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico. He has held a visiting
position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was the Tolman
Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Isaac Chuang is with IBM Research, and also serves as a consulting professor
at Stanford University. He received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering
from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow, and
also holds degrees in Physics and in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Dr.
Chuang is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and enjoys reading, hiking, and
playing his violin.