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Any truly beautiful reading about quantum mechanics to beef up in sight of my final on the 27th?

  1. Nov 9, 2014 #1
    I'm looking for good books to give me some more "taste" on beautiful aspects of QM. I'm actually studying for my undergraduate exam on the 27th november that comes in a strong academic flavour and would love a relaxed but deep reading.

    For example i totally loved Robbins's "What is mathematics?" while studying for my calculus exam or some stuff from Needham's "Visual Complex Analysis" while studying, oh yep, complex analysis :P. I liked how both author guided me through arguments i already studied, eventually pointing out beautiful things one may eventually ignore while worrying to learn "doing" things. Robbins's paragraph about fundamental theorem of calculus is a huge example at my eyes. I do appreciate but am not really a big fan of Feynman's lectures.

    Let me know and pardon the bad english, that's not my first language!
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  3. Nov 9, 2014 #2


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    I recommend the opening chapter of Landau and Lifshitz's "Quantum Mechanics: Non-relativistic Theory".

    Ten Commandments of the Church of the Smaller Hilbert Space

    Against ‘measurement’
    John Bell

    Einstein, incompleteness, and the epistemic view of quantum states
    Nicholas Harrigan, Robert W. Spekkens

    Informational derivation of Quantum Theory
    G. Chiribella, G. M. D'Ariano, P. Perinotti

  4. Nov 9, 2014 #3
    I would recommend book by Amir D. Aczel: Entanglement, The Greatest Mystery in Physics. Which is available as an audio book and gets better with repeated listenings.
  5. Nov 10, 2014 #4
    Thank you for your suggestions! I think i'll love your submissions atyy, i'll let you know :)!!
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  6. Nov 10, 2014 #5


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    You want to see beauty incarnate in QM? Read chapter 3 of Ballentine - QM - A Modern Develoment:

    Then read Landau - Mechanics:

    You will see the dynamics of both Classical and Quantum Mechanics is the same thing - symmetry.

    Check out:

    But actually seeing the detail is even better - and more eye opening.

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  7. Nov 10, 2014 #6


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    I have seen both books you mention, so if you want something on a similar level I would suggest:
    F. Laloe, Do we really understand quantum mechanics?
    There is a shorter free article version http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0209123
    and a longer book version
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  8. Nov 10, 2014 #7
    Thanks bobba and demystifier! I'll check your suggestions, if you are happy with that i'll report back in a few weeks :)
  9. Nov 10, 2014 #8


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    That would be great!
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