I am completely new to this field. I want to read the prelims and unfortunately, I don't see any book written for a beginner in this area. Can anyone give me some basic starting points/references(text/video) for a gentle introduction? I found these two given below.
Determinant versus permanent by Manindra Agarwal https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6a05/a4fe63e409ba040b890bbf5da0f3b1ca7085.pdf
Arithmetic circuits by Amir Shpilka
Is there any other material which can be more appropriate for a beginner?