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Any Good Sources for Learning Quantum Physics?

  1. Nov 15, 2015 #1
    Any recommended books, published pieces, online articles, youtube videos to help understand (or at least introduce me) Quantum Physics?

    Hell, a college thesis would suffice.
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  3. Nov 15, 2015 #2

    A. Neumaier

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    What can be recommended depends a lot on your background!!! Thus please explain...
  4. Nov 15, 2015 #3
    Well, I am a Sophomore in High School that is looking to pursue Physics as a career path, so I have been studying Physics on my own time. Read multiple articles and seen multiple online lessons in the past on multiple topics, but now I want to introduce myself to Quantum Physics, since I am interested in the discussions seen in the forum. I don't need anything dumbed down (as if you are explaining it to some random teen that can care less, I know a few ;p), just something that would ease me into the subject.

    Anything else?
  5. Nov 15, 2015 #4
    I am in the same position as you, though I started looking into some Quantum physics reading as a Freshman. I found Feynman's "QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter," to be quite interesting and fairly easy to understand (for the topic). Here is a link to it on Amazon, and here is a link to the google books of it.
    I found it in my town's library, so if you don't want to buy it, you can always check if your town has it.
    I also listened to some of Feynman's lectures, here is a playlist I found on YouTube.

    I would like to point out I am by no means a professional (being a sophomore myself), and am sure that someone else would be able to point you to more academic sources/methods, this is just what I looked at to start. I also should say, some of it is a bit out of date, due to how long ago it was that Feynman was around.
  6. Nov 15, 2015 #5

    A. Neumaier

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    If you are prepared to invest some serious effort, my online book Classical and Quantum Mechanics via Lie algebras might be right for you. The book goes straight to the heart of modern quantum mechanics, skipping much of history that only detracts from the essentials, (No background in Lie algebras is assumed.)

    Maybe you need to study first some math - linear algebra is essential for an understanding of QM. Chapter C4: How to learn theoretical physics of my Theoretical Physics FAQ describes the best attitude to go about finding out what precisely you need to learn when.
  7. Nov 15, 2015 #6
    Thanks, man! I'll buy the book on my kindle and give it a read. Interesting to see other people that are tangible to me on these forums (considering how new I am), may we run into each again. Once again, thanks
  8. Nov 15, 2015 #7
    I highly recommend Susskind's 'Theoretical Minimum' series - has does a bunch of areas of physics - classical mechanics, relativity, cosmology, and loads more, and has two 10 lecture series on quantum mechanics, found here: http://theoreticalminimum.com/courses
    The first series is the second down and the second series is the first in the supplemental courses catalog. There is also a third series called 'quantum entanglements', but it was made a long time ago so the quality is not great, and pretty much everything in it is covered in the first 4 or 5 lectures of the first series.
    I've really enjoyed them and learned a lot in a reasonably short space of time. I find his pace and explanations spot on, in terms of technicality, as well as his attitude and enthusiasm.
  9. Nov 15, 2015 #8
    Cool, great suggestion. I'll be watching the lectures soon, thanks!
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    My suggestions:

    1. Susskind's theoretical minimum
    - emphasizes the general principles

    2. Townsend's quantum physics
    - emphasizes specific quantum phenomena

    3. McMahon's demystified
    - emphasizes the details of basic calculations

    Alone neither of those 3 books is perfect, but together they nicely complement each other.
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