The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
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It is impossible to present quantum mechanics in few pages. Since the goal of this book is to describe quantum algorithms, we limit ourselves to the principles of quantum mechanics and describe them as “game rules.” Suppose you have played checkers for many years and know several strategies, but you really do not know chess. Suppose now that someone describes the chess rules. Soon you will be playing a new game. Certainly, you will not master many chess strategies, but you will be able to play. This chapter has a similar goal. The postulates of a theory are its game rules. If you break the rules, you will be out of the game.