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Quantum Best book for quantum physics?

  1. Jun 28, 2017 #1
    I'd like to be a quantum physicist in the future, so I'd like to do quantum properly, but there are so many books out there, and it's a bit hard to choose. I've already completed 1 year of undergraduate physics, so I think I know enough classical mechanics. I've also covered calculus, differential equations and a lot of linear algebra, so the maths side should be fine. I'm looking for a book that is "kind of" rigorous, maths-based, has examples and possibly visual things? However, by "kind of" rigorous I mean not too rigorous as to scare me away as a beginner. I've never learnt quantum from its maths side before. If we were to use a scale, I'm looking for something like 6.5/10 to 7/10 on rigour.

    I've seen a lot of people recommend Griffiths, however, based on comments, it doesn't look that rigorous & heavy enough on linear algebra.

    If you recommend a book, could you please elaborate on how comprehensible it is for a beginner, and if any quantum books have visual things at all?

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  5. Jun 30, 2017 #4
    There are several books on quantum mechanics aimed at beginners. But I must say what you are asking for is highly subjective. What may be your 6/10 could be a 10/10 for me!

    I usually recommend Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications, Second Edition by Nouredine Zettili to people who aren't satisfied with Griffiths. It contains a lot tricky derivations, and uses what is know as 'matrix mechanics', and has a lot of solved examples making it suitable for beginners.
  6. Jun 30, 2017 #5

    Wrichik Basu

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    I support that Griffiths doesn't help at times, though it is one of the best. Steps are skipped and hardships are faced in solving the problems, without any solved examples.
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