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Quantum Ballentine's book: 1st or 2nd edition?

  1. Feb 11, 2016 #1
    I'm planning to get a copy of Quantum Mechanics - Modern Development by L. E. Ballentine. However I am uncertain between the first and second editions. The first edition is cheaper. I will be using it for my PhD research with the topic of atomic physics. Will the second edition give me additional advantage in the subject I will be researching on which is not found in the first?
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2016 #2

    strangerep

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    Afaict, the 2nd edition just has an extra chapter about quantum information. I'd cough up the extra money -- you can never have too many textbooks. :oldwink:

    (I bought one of the first copies of the 2nd edition, and the print quality was disappointingly poor. So I still use my 1st edition for everything except the quantum information material.)
     
  4. Feb 11, 2016 #3
    Thank you for your reply.
    Can you give examples by poor print quality, is it like it has many typos in text and equations?
    From what I infer, you are saying that the first's print quality is better than the second?
     
  5. Feb 11, 2016 #4

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    Not typos -- more like not enough ink was used, so many letters were are a bit difficult to read. Possibly, I should have returned it to Amazon and complained, but it wasn't quite bad enough to make me do that. After all, I was able to read the quantum information chapter.

    Note that this is some time ago. Newer printings might be ok.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2016 #5
    That's good to know.
    Quantum information does not seem to be needed at least in the immediate future of my carrier, so I think I can forgo the second edition and purchase the first.
     
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