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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

    atyy

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

    http://mattleifer.info/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/commandments.pdf
    Ten Commandments of the Church of the Smaller Hilbert Space

    http://www.tau.ac.il/~quantum/Vaidman/IQM/BellAM.pdf
    Against ‘measurement’
    John Bell

    http://arxiv.org/abs/0706.2661
    Einstein, incompleteness, and the epistemic view of quantum states
    Nicholas Harrigan, Robert W. Spekkens

    http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.6451
    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:
    https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-Modern-Development-Edition/dp/9814578584

    Then read Landau - Mechanics:
    https://www.amazon.com/Mechanics-Third-Edition-Theoretical-Physics/dp/0750628960

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

    Check out:
    http://www.pnas.org/content/93/25/14256.full

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

    Thanks
    Bill
     
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  7. Nov 10, 2014 #6

    Demystifier

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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
    https://www.amazon.com/Do-Really-Understand-Quantum-Mechanics/dp/110702501X
     
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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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