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Questions related to the history of quantum computers and quantum computing. Use this tag to ask questions about they history of an aspect of quantum computing (such as some concept or paradigm).

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Does Moore's law apply to quantum computing?

Plain and simple. Does Moore's law apply to quantum computing, or is it similar but with the numbers adjusted (ex. triples every 2 years). Also, if Moore's law doesn't apply, why do qubits change it?
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Is quantum computing just pie in the sky?

I have a computer science degree. I work in IT, and have done so for many years. In that period "classical" computers have advanced by leaps and bounds. I now have a terabyte disk drive in my bedroom ...
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Why do we use the standard gate set that we do?

The typically used gate set for quantum computation is composed of the single qubits Cliffords (Paulis, H and S) and the controlled-NOT and/or controlled-Z. To go beyond Clifford we like to have full ...
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Who first proposed the idea of quantum computing using qubits?

As I understand it, the field of quantum mechanics was started in the early 20th century when Max Planck solved the black-body radiation problem. But I don't know when the idea of computers using ...
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When was the first use of the word Entanglement?

Schrödinger wrote a letter to Einstein after the 1935 EPR paper, and in that letter Schrödinger used the German word "Verschränkung" which translates into "entanglement", but when was the word first ...