I wish to learn about quantum computing which seems to be a topic of hot research and overall just intrigues me. I have a strong background in discrete mathematics and number theory. And am a pretty proficient programmer and strong problem solver. What math and physics knowledge (and in what order) should I work to be able to get the knowledge necessary for studying Quantum Computing?


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  • $\begingroup$ Both computer architecture and algorithm design are in my interest $\endgroup$ – frogeyedpeas Apr 10 '13 at 1:42
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    $\begingroup$ Hi frogeyedpeas, and welcome to Physics Stack Exchange! Educational questions like this aren't really what this site is for (well, we'll see what the community thinks), but you could definitely bring this up in Physics Chat. $\endgroup$ – David Z Apr 10 '13 at 1:59
  • $\begingroup$ I should have guessed, they have the same rules over at the math forum where I spend most of my time $\endgroup$ – frogeyedpeas Apr 10 '13 at 2:01
  • $\begingroup$ can you move this over? $\endgroup$ – frogeyedpeas Apr 10 '13 at 2:01
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    $\begingroup$ For a related book recommendation post, see physics.stackexchange.com/q/20260/2451 $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Apr 10 '13 at 14:06

This book by Nielsen and Chuang is easy enough to read at the beginner's level but totally comprehensive.

  • $\begingroup$ Scott Aaronson has just written a new book about quantum computing. According to the nice introductary comments the author has written here scroll down to the second half of the article if you only want to learn about the book, it should explain the physical and $\endgroup$ – Dilaton Apr 10 '13 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ mathematicel concepts quantum computing is based on explain at a not purely popular level but Lenny Susskind lecture intermediate level. Maybe reading this book can help in choosing the appropriat mathematical and phyics lectures to be heard in a meaningful order to finally being able to do research in quantum computing. $\endgroup$ – Dilaton Apr 10 '13 at 11:59

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