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Introductory books on quantum mechanics

  1. Apr 23, 2009 #1
    Hello, I'm a grad student in computer sciences with a BS in math starting to do research in quantum computing. Can somebody recommend me some references on quantum mechanics? Right now I'm reading Leslie Ballentine's book "Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development", and just finished reading Nielsen and Chuang's book "Quantum Information and Quantum Computation". Are there other interesting references to take into account?

    Is there any interesting book about mathematics of quantum computing?

    Thanks in advanced!!
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  3. Apr 23, 2009 #2
    I'm sure you'll like David Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. It is a very good look inside Quantum Mechanics and it's math/physics side, apart from the theoretical insight.

    Should you have any difficulties on the math side, Mary L. Boas Mathematical methods in the Physical Sciences is there for you :)

    I am sure that's what anyone here would suggest to you, that's what they did with me!
  4. Apr 23, 2009 #3


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    I'm pretty sure he won't, since he is reading Ballentine which is way more advanced (at the Sakurai level).
    @mvillagra: what do you think of Ballentine so far?
    Some other texts: https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Theory-Concepts-Fundamental-Theories/dp/0792336321/ref=pd_sim_b_4.

    For quantum computing (which I don't know anything of), https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Computation-Information-Michael-Nielsen/dp/0521635039/ref=pd_sim_b_7 seems to be quite popular.
    https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Qu...uate-Mathematics/dp/0821832298/ref=pd_sim_b_4 may also be worth checking out.
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  5. Apr 23, 2009 #4
    I'm starting to read chapter 4 right now, and until now for me it seems a really abstract introduction, which I appreciate but sometimes the explanations are hard to follow . It looks like a book that you will need to devote yourself reading it very carefully. As a computer sciences student I would prefer a more basic text and then go on with ballentine.

    I actually read the first book, and thanks to that I am able to follow ballentine's book. It is a very popular book in the quantum computing community and it is really easy to understand.
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  6. Apr 24, 2009 #5


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    May I suggest https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Q...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240571160&sr=8-1?

    Of course, you can always check out Griffiths, but compared to Ballentine it's really easy and shallow. But maybe it's good as a supplement.
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