Online Courses & Foundational Papers

Online Courses

Besides books, there are many online courses for learning Quantum Computing.
Here are the three which are quite digestible.

(1) Introduction to Quantum Computing • Jessica Pointing  

If you’re just starting your quantum journey, then begin here. This 45 minute video is perhaps the best description of quantum computing using explanations specifically geared toward beginners.

(2) Qubits: Way Better Than Zeroes and Ones

Given it takes less than 200 seconds, this video is very well done for two reasons. First, by explaining the power of QC comes from more than merely differentiating between zero and one, which is how classical computers operate. Instead QC takes advantage of all the values in between. If we get so much power out of classical approach, imagine how much more if restriction lifted from only end points? Second, by pointing out why a hybrid classical-quantum approach is likely the most effective route to produce commercially viable solutions. 

(3) The EdX course Quantum Computation  taught by one of the pioneers in the field – Umesh Vazirani.

What makes this course stand out is it’s broken down into 64 informatively titled videos, 10-15 minutes each, making it a useful format for return and review. Even more, the lecture notes are an excellent 30 page summary – Lecture notes EdX course CS191 – Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation

Following is a small sampling taught by accomplished leaders in the field, which assume some background in linear algebra.

However, for newbies the beginning lectures are well worth reviewing as each provides a digestible overview on what makes the quantum paradigm so much more powerful than the classical model; and thus worth overcoming the engineering challenges required to compute quantumly. 

Dave Bacon Lectures

John Preskill Lectures

Scott Aaronson Lectures

Isaac Chuang’s Course on Quantum Information Theory MIT