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Adventures in Computer Science

From Classical Bits to Quantum Bits

Authors: Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

  • Encourages students to examine and understand basic underlying concepts that permit generalization and reasoning by analogy rather than problem-solving
  • Main focus of the text is the basic unit of information and the way in which our understanding of this has evolved over time
  • Derives from the author's doctoral course on Physical Models in Advanced Computing
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About this Textbook

The main focus of this textbook is the basic unit of information and the way in which our understanding of this has evolved over time. In particular the author covers concepts related to information, classical computing, logic, reversible computing, quantum mechanics, quantum computing, thermodynamics and some artificial intelligence and biology, all approached from the viewpoint of computer sciences.

The book begins by asking the following nontrivial question: what is a bit? The author then discusses logic, logic gates, reversible computing and reversible architectures, and the concept of disorder. He then tries to establish the relationship between three essential questions that justify quantum approaches in computer sciences: the energy required to perform a real-life computation, the size of current processors, and the reversibility of quantum operations. Based on these concepts, the author establishes the conditions that justify the use of quantum techniques for certain kinds of computational tasks, and he uses formal descriptions and formal argumentations to introduce key quantum mechanical concepts and approaches. The rest of the book is formally different, focusing on practical issues, including a discussion of remarkable quantum algorithms in a treatment based on quantum circuit theory.

The book is valuable for graduate students in computer science, and students of other disciplines who are engaged with physical models of information and computing.

About the authors

Vicente Moret-Bonillo has a degree in physical chemistry, with a major in quantum chemistry. His PhD is for work on the application of artificial intelligence techniques to mechanical patient ventilation. He is a university professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of A Coruña. His main interests are knowledge representation, the application of knowledge engineering techniques to dynamic systems, quantum computing, and performance analysis of intelligent systems.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Universe of Binary Numbers

    Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

    Pages 1-25

  • Back and Forth Computing

    Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

    Pages 27-38

  • Reversible Architectures

    Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

    Pages 39-51

  • The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

    Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

    Pages 53-74

  • Introducing Quantum Computing

    Moret-Bonillo, Vicente

    Pages 75-118

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64807-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64806-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adventures in Computer Science
Book Subtitle
From Classical Bits to Quantum Bits
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64807-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64807-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64806-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 198
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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