At least in my opinion, Quantum Computing is an awesome area of development for computing. However, it is also a daunting field (as far as I know, you have to know quite a bit of physics to be able to do quantum computing, as well as of course computer science and programming). I would like to start a list of resources for quantum computing like the list on resources for learning chemistry, or resources for learning Chinese. That way resource questions can also be redirected to this area.

  • $\begingroup$ Also, I'm new here. Please edit or comment on my post if you believe it needs clarification. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 13:40

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We welcome questions like this on the main site! However, there is a proper way to ask them. See our resource request policy.

In summary:

Resource recommendations must ask for descriptive answers. It's not enough to ask for a list of books that cover topic X — a simple Amazon search can provide that.

Instead, you should ask for recommendations, which specify:

  • What the book covers
  • How it covers it — is it rigorous? Intuitive? How is the writer's style?
  • What are the prerequisites? and similar questions.

For a question like you're suggesting, you probably are asking for intuitive resources with minimal prerequisites that cover the basics of the theory of quantum computing, or maybe you're asking for a list of prerequisites for beginners, and resources for those prerequisites.

Also, these questions should not be community wiki.

I welcome comments from the community and the other mods on this issue.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but I was wondering if we could have an answer here like Chemistry, the language sites, etc. listing valuable textbooks, online resources, etc. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ @JavaScriptCoder as we collect resource-request questions, you can find them all by tag. As we get more and have some definitive resource questions, we can create a meta post to help guide users to them. However, at this point, we don't really have any resource questions, so it wouldn't make much sense. $\endgroup$
    – auden
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, thanks! Accepted $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 22:15

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