Chapter 1: Getting Started with Quantum Information Processing
This chapter provides an introduction to quantum information processing (QIP). However, in order to understand QIP, it is important to revisit classical/conventional information processing, from which QIP is derived.
Therefore, this chapter will first provide a brief introduction to classical information processing. This will then be followed by a brief introduction to QIP.
The birth of classical information processing can be attributed to Claude Shannon, whose ideas in the 1940s on information theory paved the way for the information revolution that would later follow. Shannon's ideas made use of the laws of classical physics in order to enable information processing.