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Quantum Bookhunting

  1. Apr 18, 2009 #1
    Hi guys, I'm looking for a good book on introductory quantum mechanics that is also really thorough in terms of mathematical derivations but still presents the physical concepts in a well written and enlightening manner. In other words, just a really really good introductory text on quantum mechanics. Thanks in advance guys.
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  3. Apr 18, 2009 #2
    I'm not sure how 'introductory' you are looking for, since you are (wisely) interested in mathematical rigor. I like Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics for introductory stuff, his Advanced QM would be too much, I'd imagine. Cohen-Tannoudji's two parter is not bad for derivations either, I found.
  4. Apr 18, 2009 #3
    whybother, by mathematically "rigorous" I think he means given QM postulates, can one derive all the equations associated with introductory QM.

    I share your pain.

    I don't have a Quantum Mechanics book yet.

    However, my dad is a Mathematician and he has book titled "Introduction to Hilbert Spaces and Applications." I perused through it recently when I was bored and found an 80 page section titled "Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics."

    It is funny that I had that book with me.
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    Now that this thread has been moved to the Science Books forum, you might want to browse around here for other threads about QM books. :smile:
  6. Apr 19, 2009 #5
    A.Z. Capri(Emeritus Professor in Alberta U.): Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics, World Scientific, Singapore, 2002. Also with a further step of his Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.
  7. Apr 19, 2009 #6
    I think Griffiths is still a good standard in intro QM.
  8. Apr 19, 2009 #7
    I second the vote for Griffiths. Although I also recommend learning QM in conjunction with Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics. If you work through these two books you will know the better part of the undergraduate physics curriculum.
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  10. Apr 20, 2009 #9
    1. A.Z. Capri(Professor Emeritus in Alberta U., Canada): Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics, World Scientific, Singapore, 2002, as well as Problems & solutions in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, c2002. Also with a further step of his Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, River Edge, NJ : World Scientific, 2002.

    2. Stephen J. Gustafson, Israel Michael Sigal. Mathematical concepts of quantum mechanics. Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2003.
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  13. Apr 28, 2009 #12
    "mr tompkins in wonderland" is a very good introdutuary book on quantom mechanics

    dont know if you will be able to find it though.
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