This is my first post, by the way. Hello everyone. I just received R. Shankar's text on QM a few days ago. I am thorougly impressed with the general layout of the book. I've heard introducing Dirac notation first is an excellent idea. The first ~ 80 pages of the book are of a introductory mathematical nature (but nevertheless good, since I'm a self study type). The second chapter consists of classical mechanics with a tad bit of history splashed every once and awhile. I've made the attempts of reading D. Bohm's (Dover) and Linus Pauling's (Dover, and very ancient) QM texts. Both of these were satisfactory but they lack the touch Shankar gives. I've also been loaned Griffiths and found it a good book as far as conceptual nature goes. But I found it lacking in mathematical formulation as many others have. All in all, I just wanted to spread the word about Shankar's text to any eager QM student or self-studier.