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What are the best intro to QM books out there? Hopefully we'll use Griffiths for the class next semester, but if I want to have other references, what should they be?
 

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Griffith's is good to start with. Lots of exercises (be sure to do them).
After you've come familiar with the basic concepts you might want switch to Cohen-Tannoudji and Sakurai (highly recommended).
 
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You might like Feynman's style.So read the III-rd volume of its lectures as well.

Daniel.
 

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I've taken a note about Cohen-Tannoudji and Sakurai but they are said to be for the graduate level. What are alternatives to Griffiths?

Feynman, good idea. Sometimes, he puts things in a much more clearer light than everyone else. Sometimes it's the opposite :rolleyes:
 

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Trust me,it's an awesome book.Marlon kept reccomending Bransden & Joachain's "Intro to QM" book.I didn't know QM at all the last time i checked it,however.

Schiff's 1947 edition looks elementary to me.

Daniel.
 
Hoping to read griffiths this summer although i won't really have a chance to do the examples :/ Won't have any quantum classes until my first block next september, so i was hoping to get some quick intro to it before starting it officially (and i'm currently reading Griffiths EM books of which i think is the best book i've had so far so i'm looking forward to reading it).
 

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Also Blokhintsev's book is introductory in the subject,as well.I hope the Americans translated it.

Actually many old books are on an intro level.Excepting Dirac,von Neumann,Weyl & Wigner.And van der Waerden.

Daniel.
 
Dirac is extremely beautiful.
 
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I have David Bohm's "Quantum Theory". I havn't got to reading it yet, but I was overlooking the structure of it, and it looks like a fine read. It's a Dover Publicated book.
 

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Turns out we'll be using 'Gasiorowicz' book. How's this one for an introduction to QM?
 

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It depends on why Gasiorowicz is deficient... I really couldn't understand exactly what is missing from the book from the reviews. Anyways, Shankar has a very thorough introduction to the math needed in QM in its first 100 pages. While I haven't looked at Liboff, Griffiths is ok. It is slowly paced, but I think it jumps a bit and slightly fails to show how things are tied together. The notation Griffiths uses is very odd at times and might become confusing- pretty standard for beginning students though.
Good luck with QM (I have been taking at least one class in QM or QFT for the last 6 semesters, and I am taking another QFT class next semester. So I have seen a bit of the stuff.)
Cheers,
Norman
 

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