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How could a software dev build a bottom-up understanding of quantum computing?
5 points by joddystreet 6 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments
I would like to get started with Quantum Computing, I would like to go from Bottom to Top, that is building an understanding from the ground up (instead of Top to Bottom, hands-on first approach, that doesn't work for me). Introductory textbooks? MooCs? Curriculum? Important subjects? Important Topics and concepts?

An accessible quick introduction. This abstract links to a 19-page pdf:

From Cbits to Qbits: Teaching computer scientists quantum mechanics N. David Mermin


After that, the textbook by Nielsen and Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. It's a big book but the first couple of chapters, 60 pages or so, are self-contained and make a good introduction.

I just read that paper for a second time and now I understand QC is magic.

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