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Thanks for any advice!

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In summary, the conversation is discussing the best textbook for an undergraduate quantum mechanics course that is mathematically challenging. The recommended books are Ballentine, Hall's Quantum Theory for Mathematicians, Zettili's book, and Basdevant and Dalibard's book, with a suggestion to also read Shankar's book. Additionally, the book Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory: A Mathematical Primer by Jonathan Dimock is suggested. Dirac's book is also mentioned as a good option, with a mention of studying path integrals as well.

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Thanks for any advice!

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But the question is whether you

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I'm looking for a rigourous book partly because I am interested in learning more about ideas like Hilbert spaces, but also because the course is specifically aimed at Mathematical Physics students so will have a strong focus on the maths side.

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I quite liked it, its more mathematical than Griffiths but still easy enough for a first course.

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lizzie96' said:

Would it help to read an easier book in addition? I mean, would that not save time? I'm thinking you want to get the most learned before the class starts, this seems to be your aim, to do really well in it.

I recall you are a high achiever in physics, so it's perfectly fine if you are at the required level for that book already, which certainly may be the case.

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Jonathan Dimock

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107005094/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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Dirac is the best one. You have to study path integrals as well.

Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics that studies the behavior of matter and energy on a small scale, such as atoms and subatomic particles. It provides a mathematical framework for understanding and predicting the behavior of these particles.

The purpose of a mathematically in-depth textbook for a QM course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the mathematical principles and concepts underlying quantum mechanics. It is designed to help students develop a strong foundation in the mathematical tools necessary for studying and applying quantum mechanics in various fields.

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A mathematically in-depth textbook for a QM course typically covers topics such as wave mechanics, operators and observables, the Schrödinger equation, quantum states and measurements, and quantum dynamics. It may also delve into more advanced topics such as quantum field theory and the application of quantum mechanics in different areas of physics.

A mathematically in-depth textbook for a QM course can be beneficial for research and career opportunities in various fields such as physics, chemistry, engineering, and computer science. It provides a solid understanding of the mathematical principles underlying quantum mechanics, which is essential for conducting research and developing new technologies based on quantum principles.

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