I was hoping you guys could recommend reading material on quantum information. First off, here's my background.
Personally, I started reading Ballentine's Quantum Mechanics and I found it be a very consistent book in terms of foundations and absolutely loved it. The treatment is better than most other books on the subject, including the popular ones like Sakurai, Merzbacher. I wondered why there existed this difference. Why were the others rather sloppy?
I found my answer when I discovered my new favorite author, Asher Peres. As I read his works, I found this quote in an excellent paper (Rev. Mod. Phys., 76, 2004)
"Quantum mechanics is used by theorists in two different ways. It is a tool for computing accurate relationships between physical constants, such as energy levels, cross sections, transition rates, etc. These calculations are technically difficult, but they are not controversial."
The other group is tackling the foundations. I was drawn towards this group and as I read more of Peres' works, I got absorbed with the idea of information in QM. I then read many of C. Fuchs' works and followed on with those in the Perimeter Institute, where this sort of research seems to be hot.
Coming from the background of Peres and Ballentine, my gut reaction to books which talk of collapse or simultaneous measurements or quantum mechanics of individual systems as opposed to ensembles is to shut them. Only slowly am I overcoming this, because I find that most books are very sloppy and that if I wish to learn any more, I cannot afford to do so. I am trying to be as open as possible.
Currently, I am reading the book by Busch, Lahti and Grebowski, notes on Arxiv by Keyl and also the notes by Preskill. If anyone has any suggestions, recommended reads, I'd love to know!