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If you are not familiar with the mathematical concept of a "vector space", you'll want to check that out.

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Dirac is not easy to learn from. Try Ballentine.I'm attempting to learn the mathematics of quantum mechanics using textbooks such as "The Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by Dirac.

If |A> and |B> denote possible states of a system, then the sum denotes another possible state of that system.I'm uncertain however of how ket vectors work! Say |A> + |B> = |C>, then what does |C> please represent?

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I totally concur.Dirac is not easy to learn from. Try Ballentine.

I actually learnt it from Dirac and Von Neumann. I wish I didn't. It would be much better to start with Ballentine then read those two seminal texts.

I get the feeling though your math may not be up to Ballentine. In that case I suggest you work your way up in the following order:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0465062903/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071765638/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/146157675X/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

Then you can tackle Ballentine.

It may seem like a lot of work but remember its not a race. Take your time and cement your understanding.

Thanks

Bill

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Thank you all very much for your help

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