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Book for quantum mechanics

  1. Apr 19, 2013 #1
    Hello
    I am an engineering graduate student , graduating in computer science, I wish to learn more about quantum mechanics.
    I am proficient in maths and engineering maths and have a fair amount of knowledge about physics. Please suggest me some books about quantum mechanics, so I can further my knowledge about it.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2013 #2

    bhobba

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    Start with Quantum Mechanics Demystified:
    https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-Demystified-David-McMahon/dp/0071455469

    That will get you your sea legs so to speak.

    Zettili's book is probably a good intermediate book to learn to solve problems and cement your knowledge:
    https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-Applications-Nouredine-Zettili/dp/0470026790

    But for a really good understanding you should progress to Ballentine - Quantum Mechanics A Modern Development:
    https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mech...&qid=1366474774&sr=1-1&keywords=ballentine+qm

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  4. Apr 20, 2013 #3

    WannabeNewton

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    bhobba what do you think of Sakurai?
     
  5. Apr 20, 2013 #4

    dextercioby

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    At the level of mathematical rigor you liked in Wald's book, reading Sakurai's account of QM would be annoying.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2013 #5

    bhobba

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    Don't like Sakurai - to me it doesn't explain stuff at the level I like ie proceeding with reasonably good mathematical rigor from a small number of axioms that are reasonably well motivated. Ballentine does it with two - I wont spoil it by telling you what they are but the first is pretty much a definition of an observable that can be motivated by requiring basis independence and the second from Gleason's Theorem. When you have gone through it pop on a post and I can explain the detail.

    If you like Wald (and for GR its my favorite book as well) I don't think Sakurai will appeal - it lacks rigor.

    But I have to say I classify my interests as mathematical physics rather than straight physics because my background is math and computer science so texts with a more mathematical take tend to appeal.

    Thanks
    Bill
     
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