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Book on QM for beginner

  1. Oct 3, 2007 #1
    Greetings- Please give me the title of a book on QM that is often suggested for a beginner.To aid in the selection, I have a MSEE degree. Thanks.
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  3. Oct 3, 2007 #2


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    There is one sub forum with tips for books to learn differet things =)

    But I give you a good tip now:
    Griffiths - Introduction to quantum mechanics (2ed)

    Bransden & Joachain - Quantum Mechanics (2ed)
  4. Oct 3, 2007 #3
    This is the first book in which I began my study in the quantum realm, it's entitled The Quantum World, by Kenneth Ford. Undoubtedly from this book I have retained the most knowledge, it is very informative, striving for detail, though as well it is comprehensible for the avid beginner.
  5. Oct 3, 2007 #4
    http://www.mtl.mit.edu/Courses/6.050/2007/unit10/index.html has some good advice. I especially like this book:

    "The predictions of quantum mechanics have been verified repeatedly in careful experiments, and the theory has been used effectively in the design of practical systems. Nevertheless, it cannot be explained in terms that are compatible with everyday experience. The field that tries to do this is sometimes called the "philosophy of quantum mechanics." One of the best, most readable books describing the status of such attempts is by John Polkinghorne, "Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction," Oxford University Press, Oxford, U. K.; 2002. "

    It's only $10 in paperback, new.
  6. Oct 5, 2007 #5
    Apparently, it isn’t often suggested, but I consider it one of the best:

    S. Gaziorovich, “Quantum Physics” ,Wiley, New York (1996)

    Regards, Dany.
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #6


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    His namne is: Gasiorowicz

  8. Oct 5, 2007 #7
    "What is in name" - Shake"Anonym"speare.
  9. Oct 5, 2007 #8


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    This book was suggested for my introductory quantum mechanics class. We were told that it is a book which is more aimed at mathematicians than physicists and, as such, if you are interested in mathematics, or have a mathematical background then this will be the one for you.

    Incidentally, the Bransden and Joachain book was on the reading list for the advanced course I did, so I'm not sure how suitable it will be for an introduction.
  10. Oct 5, 2007 #9
    I didn’t read them. What do you say in comparison with Gasiorowicz?


    Regards, Dany.
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  11. Oct 5, 2007 #10
    I didn't like Gasiorowicz; I found it too wordy. It may be helpful for the OP, however.
  12. Oct 5, 2007 #11
    Something wrong. I studied Gasiorowicz, S., Elementary Particle Physics (Wiley, New York, 1966). I guess he experimentalist.

    Regards, Dany.

    P.S. I read only selected pages from S. Gasiorowicz, “Quantum Physics”, but it was primary recommended for my son at Physics Dept. Tel-Aviv Univ., Introductory course QM.
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  13. Mar 3, 2009 #12
    I find Claude Cohen-Tannoudji's QM text very helpful for beginners. Only prerequisites needed: a firm grounding in calculus and a little knowledge of classical mechanics. It goes into many details in the complements section, but its chapters are short and to the point.
    DO NOT buy McMahon's Quantum Mechanics Demystified. It is riddled with errors.
  14. Mar 3, 2009 #13
    Wow, this is a really old thread.

    Gasiorowicz was my undergrad text. It was me, another guy, and the instructor, going through that book carefully, so I know parts of it very well. However, when I went back to it, I was disappointed to find that he's not explicit enough about some basic concepts.

    Shankar is very explicit and detailed without being tedious, a difficult tightrope to walk.
  15. Mar 4, 2009 #14
    i know the good book
    writers is : tony hey - patrick walters
  16. Mar 4, 2009 #15
    I would never suggest Gasiorowicz's book to anyone. It is atrocious for a first contact with quantum mechanics. It's the kind of book you read when you master the subject very well, and then you find their is everything you need. It's not pedagogical at all.

    I would rather suggest Griffith's, Cohen-Tannoudji's or Liboff's.
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