New introductory Quantum Mechanics book from Schwichtenberg

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You mean the one entitled "Physics of Symmetry"?
Yes - and I too like it a lot. But fairness compels me to mention some have written to me, thanking me for posting about it, and like it as I do, while others were less enthused. Anyway got the new book and will post what I think.

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It cites my "myths and facts" review in the (relatively small) Bibliography. I must read that book! :smile:
 
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Well, sounds like a deja vu. The only difference is that I got hooked up to math by a book named something like "Mathematics for Engineers", which I got in the public library, because I wanted to get better grades in math, and I couldnt' make sense of what was in the official highschool textbooks. I don't tell about my math teachers. This makes me too sad when I think back...
 
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I'm curious if anyone has read Schwichtenberg's new introductory Quantum Mechanics book yet? If so could you post a comment or two about it?

Asking for my son, he's 13, he's just exploring on his own and has been hopping around using all kinds of sources, including the MIT EdX classes, a calculus textbook, Perimeter Institute video lectures, etc. He's been working backwards with Google quite a lot to figure things out... no idea what other resources he has found online (you can tell I'm skeptical), but I'd like to get a couple of basic textbooks to help him out. Also thinking of Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. He seems to like the no-nonsense quantitative approaches (he really loved this "No BS Guide"), even though he's learning calculus on the fly.

Thanks for any suggestions!
 
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Welcome to the PF. :smile:
Asking for my son, he's 13
What is your son's math background so far? Has he studied any calculus? How about your math background? Would you be able to answer his calculus-related questions when needed in his reading in those sources? :smile:
 
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Welcome to the PF. :smile:

What is your son's math background so far? Has he studied any calculus? How about your math background? Would you be able to answer his calculus-related questions when needed in his reading in those sources? :smile:
He's self-studying calculus, I guess. He did trig first on his own. He seems pretty determined to do it himself - he does get frustrated at times, but keeps searching until he finally finds a better explanation. He never moves on until he really understands something, he's far more patient than I am. (This is all a nice way to say - he is really stubborn!) He also has a patient math teacher who answers his calculus questions in Common Core Math 2 class, aka "Geometry" (he's in 8th grade but has a high school math teacher who also teaches Calc BC)
 
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