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  1. Jan 8, 2006 #1
    anyone know of a good quantum physics textbook?
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  3. Jan 8, 2006 #2
    At what level?

    For the beginning level, I personally love the Shankar as it's extremely pedantic and good at hitting common misconception before they can arise.

    For more advanced stuff, you probably need a combination of the Sakurai Modern Quantum Mechanics or the Baym. Both are extremely good, but the Baym is currently out of print.

    Avoid any of the "traditional" introductions since they don't really teach you the physics but are either moderate equation sheets or downright bad works.

    If you're interested in a different perspective entirely, check out Julian Schwinger's book.
  4. Jan 11, 2006 #3
    Griffith's Quantum Mechanics is considered a cornerstone of undergraduate physics curricula and although it's not the best, it's still pretty good.

    Gasiorowicz is a very handy reference book for quantum mechanics but not really good to learn quantum from.

    I agree with abszero in recommending Shankar and Baym....Georgia Tech uses Shankar for their graduate level courses but that's the book I did my primary learning from in my undergraduate experience.

    David Bohm's book is also pretty good...it's not really a textbook so to speak but it provides a lot of theory...I found it valuable...and it's a Dover book so it's pretty inexpensive as well.
  5. Jan 11, 2006 #4
    Don't miss the Feynman course !
  6. Jan 12, 2006 #5


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    This is for Arildno: My guess the best graduate book for QM is Gallindo & Pascual's "Quantum Mechanics". If you think it's still not enough, then the 4 volumes of Reed and Simon should do it.

    And a peek through Prugove├žki's "Quantum Mechanics in Hilbert space" or Jauch's "Foundations of Quantum Mechanics" wouldn't hurt.

  7. Jan 12, 2006 #6
    You should look for quantum field theory ,it is very interesting
  8. Jan 15, 2006 #7
    For introductory Quantum Field Theory: Bjorgen & Drell or Schroeder & Peskin.
  9. Jan 16, 2006 #8


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    Thanks a bundle! :smile:
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    The study QM without solving the problems is unfruitful way. Moreover, the more problems you solve, the more Quantum Mechanics you understand. Many QM textbooks have the problems, but often without solutions. There is some exception (e.g. QM by Landau-Lif****z).
    So the books like Practical Quantum Mechanics by S. Flugge are indispensible sources. (It has ~250 problems with most detail and pedantic (!) solutions.)
    If you consider QED, the best test book with hundreds solved problems is QED by Berestetski, Lif****z, Pitaevski.
  11. Jan 16, 2006 #10
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