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Need help getting started with QM

  1. Apr 25, 2005 #1
    I just got done reading Gribbin's "In Search of Schrodinger's Cat" and I am hooked! Quantum Mechanics is one of the most evocative and fascinating subjects I have ever come across, and I would like to learn alot more about it. The only problem is, I don't know enough to know where to start.

    My questions are, what level of math do I need to gain the greatest understanding of QM?


    What are some books that are more detailed and comprehensive than Gribbin, which I can study to learn more, but are still somewhat accessible to someone who still lacks the math to really dig into QM?

    Thanks for you help.

    The Rev
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  3. Apr 25, 2005 #2
    1: here's a couple of threads about math and QM: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=69664&page=1&pp=15&highlight=math

    You can get an good idea about what's needed just for the basics in those. To get to the bottom of the whole field you need very very good and broad selection of mathematical skills and knowledge. Way broader than mine. Basic QM courses in theoretical physics usually require you to know calculus, differential equations, complex analysis, linear algebra and special functions.

    2: I really can't recommend anything since I don't know how good your math skills are.
  4. Apr 25, 2005 #3


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    You'd know quite a bit of math,if u were to understand the 6 axioms...I've had almost a semester of maths preparation for the an understanding of the 6 axioms...

  5. Apr 25, 2005 #4
    I'm sorry but I don't know how to quantify the math you need into "levels." However if you look here


    you'll get a good idea. Basically that math used is at the level of advanced calculus, linear algebra, Fourier analysis, complex analysis and a rudimentary understanding of probability would help.

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  6. Apr 25, 2005 #5
    From all of your posts, I can see that it'll be awhile before I have the math chops to really dig into the grit of Quantum Mechanics. I'm still getting through the High School stuff (Algebra, Geometry, Trig), so I see myself reading popularized books like Gribbin's for the foreseeable future.

    Would anyone care to make a book recommendation for a layman?


    The Rev
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