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A good quantum mechanics book for the selflearner? 
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#55
Apr811, 12:52 PM

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#56
Apr911, 03:52 AM

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I am not exactly sure about what exactly you're searching for. Do you need the mathematics of the physics needed for string theory?



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#58
Apr911, 05:26 AM

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Wow you are very patient. Actually as i see it this is the no1 skill a self learner must have. Personally, i prefer to go through all these fields you said (QM, GR, SR, QED) at the same time. You see, since i am not bunded to a university's program, i like to keep interchanging between them in order not to get bored. But that's me.
Anyway, i think it's all about what you want to learn. I for example want to know more about how all these work. I am not interested in finding new solutions to the equations of GR, or get a PhD in physics. I just ask "why". That said, i put more efford on the geometrical interpretation of the mathematics used in physics. Actually to my surprise, i found out that the way physics is taught in universities (at least in my country) is a mechanistic one. Students just keep doing exercises, not realizing why they are solved the way they do. In conclusion, i think that the sources that have helped me most during these three years of self learning are griffiths' books, susskind's lectures on youtube and endless hours in wikipedia. 


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#60
Apr911, 12:31 PM

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A word of caution: String Theory is still just a theory, and there are many respectable physicists who doubt it's correctness. So there's a chance that by the time you've selftaught yourself QED, QCD, QFD, that String Theory will have been proven wrong. Not saying that will be the case, but it could happen. 


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Apr911, 01:10 PM

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I know many PhD proffesssors in my university in physics who does not have any idea about String Theory or Quantum Loop Theory...outside of his special field,he is like Alice,have no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes....thanks 


#62
Apr1511, 05:27 AM

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Try http://de.arxiv.org/abs/0810.1019 


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#64
Apr1811, 02:13 AM

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By the way, a discussion thread for the current draft (v2) of my book ''Classical and Quantum Mechanics via Lie algebras'' has just be approved  see http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=490492 You may post there questions or comments regarding the material in the book. 


#65
May411, 11:38 AM

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A beautiful Quantum Mechanics and Introductory Quantum Field Theory book I recently got my hands on is Desai
http://www.amazon.com/QuantumMechan...4527037&sr=81 Very clear book, I would recommend it to the beginner, work it all the way to the end and then you can pick up a QFT book, no problem. 


#66
Dec711, 08:21 AM

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thank you for your asking, I am ready to learn quantum mechanics, so I got lots of information from the replies, thanks.



#67
May1713, 11:46 AM

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Griffith An intriduction to QM



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#69
Jun313, 01:41 AM

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I strongly recommend Townsend's A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics. Crystal clear, ample examples. Feels like he's telling you a story without losing the mathematical rigor. He claims it's the best undergraduate QM book out there. Definitely the best one I've ever read.
http://www.amazon.com/AModernAppro...ntum+mechanics 


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Jun313, 04:37 AM

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#71
Jun313, 06:38 AM

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It would be bad if that book were at the level of 'rigor' as Sakurai's Modern QM text. Basically the only rigor I saw in Sakurai's book was in proper usage of the techniques of complex analysis.



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