# Quantum Computing Books For Beginners

[By Nathan Schor]

Following are approximately 70 books (from Amazon*) categorized into three parts – one main section on Quantum Computing books, followed by two sections on pertinent sub-topics – Linear Algebra and Philosophy Of Physics. **

Among the many books available, those below were explicitly chosen for those readers new to the field, as signaled by their title/tag line containing ‘introduction’, or ‘beginners’ or similar terms. Of course, there’s some variation in meaning of those terms. All the more for Quantum Computing, given it’s located at the intersection of three distinct disciplines – physics, math and computer science. All the same, each book was worth the cost and time to review.

Note some of the books have commentary about how effective they are as learning resources. Please feel free to add your opinion, an enhancement to the site we’re soon providing. In the meantime, please email nathan@quantumcurious.org with your comments and I’ll post them manually.

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** Since a section on ‘Philosophy of Physics’ is likely unexpected, its inclusion deserves a brief explanation. Although not necessary to learn and apply Quantum Computing, the topic is nevertheless fascinating because it addresses the challenge of *interpreting* the nonsensical outcomes Quantum Physics predicts, many of which appear preposterous to our native intuition. Even more, If the content in the first two sections becomes taxing, then take a mental break and dip into this refreshing pool; it’s sure to energize you.

##### Quantum Computing

** Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know**** Michael G. Raymer **

Great overview of quantum world, with a unique beginner-friendly Table of Contents. Besides including digestible theory and interesting applications, it also addresses the counter-intuitive outcomes behind quantum weirdness.

**Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach**** Jack Hidary**

Good combo of the physics, computer science, and math behind creating quantum algorithms, especially the latter is both rigorous and readable. **Comprehensive Review on Amazon**** **

**Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction Wolfgang Polak and Eleanor Rieffel**

**Dancing with Qubits: How quantum computing works and how it can change the world Robert S. Sutor**

**Picturing Quantum Processes: A First Course in Quantum Theory and Diagrammatic Reasoning ****Bob Coecke & Alek Kissinger**

(Innovative approach to presenting QC diagrammatically, including a *user-friendly*** formalism** for manipulating graphic elements. The book slowly develops a handful of those diagrams which correspond to the usual math techniques such as Dirac brackets, linear operators, adjoints, unitary matrices, and the like. Since diagrams take up space, its over 800 pages, but all together refreshingly accessible. Plus explains fascinating connection to category theory.)

**Quantum Computing Explained ****David McMahon**

(Excellent for newbies – doesn’t address the interpretations and profundity of QM/QC, instead takes a bare bones ‘shut up & calculate’ appraoch, somewhat like a Schaum outline, packed with step-by-step solved problems.)

**Six Quantum Pieces: A First Course in Quantum Physics, **

Despite its title, this is a worthwhile intro to QC. Succinct yet comprehensive, especially worthwhile for the solutions accompanying each problem, a feature more books would benefit from, but sadly neglect. ( Also same author – Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality )

**Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing Notes **** Odel A. Cross**

(Helpful due to many solved problems in accompanying solutions manual.)

**Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing Notes Solutions Manual **** Odel A. Cross**

**Problems And Solutions In Quantum Computing And Quantum Information **** Willi-Hans Steeb**

(Helpful due to many solved problems.)

**Quantum Mechanics Demystified ****David McMahon**

(EXCELLENT FOR NEWBIES – In the tradition of *Schuam Outline,* succinct explanations and hundreds of easy-to-follow solved exercises. Good companion book to fill in where other QC books assume a QM background.)

**The Mystery of the Quantum World (Second Edition)**** , Euan Squires**

**The New Quantum Age: From Bell’s Theorem to Quantum Computation and Teleportation , Andrew Whitaker**

**Boojums All the Way through: Communicating Science in a Prosaic Age**** David Mermin**

**The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action**** Jennifer Coopersmith**

**Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates**** , Jeffrey Bub**

**Totally Random: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics – Serious Comic on Entanglement**** Tanya Bub**

**What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics**** Adam Becker**

**Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon Reimagining Space & Time**** **** George Musser**

**Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different**** Philip Ball**

**Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality**** Anil Ananthaswamy**

**Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality**** , Valerio Scarani **

**Tales of the Quantum: Understanding Physics’ Most Fundamental Theory**** Art Hobson**

**The Meaning of Quantum Theory: A Guide for Students of Chemistry and Physics (Oxford Science Publications)**** Jim Baggott**

**Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory**** Jim Baggott**

**Creating Modern Probability: Its Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in Historical Perspective**** Jan von Plato **

**How Is Quantum Field Theory Possible?**** Auyang, Sunny Y.**

**Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics**** Robert Gilmore**

**The Quantum Handshake: Entanglement, Nonlocality and Transactions**** John Cramer**

**Adventures in Quantumland: Exploring Our Unseen Reality**** Ruth E Kastner**

**Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles Ruth Kastner**

**The Second Quantum Revolution: From Entanglement to Quantum Computing and Other Super-Technologies , Lars Jaeger**

**The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality Paul Halper **

**How to Understand Quantum Mechanics John Ralston.**

**The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Roland Omnès**

**Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics Herbert, Nick**

**Entanglement Amir Aczel**

**Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds & Emergence of Spacetime Carroll, Sean**

**Where Does The Weirdness Go?: Why Quantum Mechanics Is Strange, But Not As Strange As You Think Lindley, David**

**Quantum Computing Without Magic: Devices Zdzislaw Meglicki **

**Quantum Computing Lala, Parag (Short, clear overview of math behind QC.)**

**Q is for Quantum Terry Rudolph (Succinct and generally well-written by a local author who’s the ‘R’ in PBR Theorem also founder of well regarded QC startup – PsiQuantum **

**Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information Vedral, Vlatko **

**Quantum Computing for Everyone (The MIT Press) Bernhardt, Chris **

**(Short, clear overview of math behind QC, plus good chapters on entanglement and Bell Theorem.)**

**Quantum Computing for High School Students Billig, Yuly **

**(Somewhat mis-titled, but still well-worth the read, especially early chapters on linear algebra. Should be titled – QC Using Basic Math.) **

**ELEMENTS OF QUANTUM COMPUTATION AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION Anirban Pathak **

**Quantum Mechanics in Simple Matrix Form Thomas Jordan **

**Linear Operators for Quantum Mechanics Thomas Jordan **

**A First Introduction to Quantum Computing and Information Bernard Zygelman (Gets deep too quickly for intro.) **

**Lectures On Quantum Theory: Mathematical And Structural Foundations Isham, Chris J **

**(Despite advanced title, well-written explanations of physics behind QC.) **

**Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits Gribbin, John (Readable overview from an experienced popularizer of physics**

**Quantum Computing From The Ground Up Perry, Riley Tipton**

**Quantum Algorithms via Linear Algebra: A Primer Richard J. Lipton (Good start, but gets deep quickly.) **

**Quantum Computing since Democritus Scott Aaronson (Classic book by a smart and prolific author, also available as pdf.) **

**An Overview of Quantum Computing: ” The State of The Art In Computers Edited by Paul F Kisak **

**(Actually, a collection of Wikipedia articles on basic QC topics.)**

**Hidden In Plain Sight 10: How To Program A Quantum Computer (Volume 10) Andrew Thomas **

**MINDS, MACHINES, AND THE MULTIVERSE: THE QUEST FOR THE QUANTUM COMPUTER Brown, Julian**

##### Linear Algebra

**Linear Algebra Done Right**** Sheldon Axler, **

**No bullshit guide to linear algebra Savov, Ivan (Good chapters on QC) **

**Linear Algebra Demystified David McMahon – also below QC Explained **

**A Student’s Guide to Waves (Student’s Guides) Fleisch, Daniel**

##### Philosophy of Physics

**The ****Shaky Game – Einstein, Realism and the Quantum Theory**** Arthur Fine**

**Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum Lee Smolin **

**Quantum Mechanics and Experience David Z Albert, **

**(Chapter 1 very good intro explanation of dual spin modes and chapter 2 is likewise for math formalism. )**

**Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics Peter J. Lewis **

**(Quantum from a philosopher’s perspective. Good job bridging the two fields, each necessary to comprehend the other.) **

**Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Theory , Tim Maudlin**

**Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics Tim Maudlin**

**The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics Alyssa Ney,**