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[Quantum mechanics] How about this book?

  1. Dec 16, 2009 #1
    Gennaro Auletta's Quantum Mechanics, any of you folks read this book before? Is it okay for beginners?

    Also, can anyone please recommend me one or two text books on quantum physics? It's better be employed by well-renowned American universities/colleges. And the authors better be American or English. The authors of the book I mentioned in the prior paragraph are all Italians.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Dec 17, 2009 #2
    Re: How about this book?

    I personally just finished the Feynman lectures in the book QED: The strange theory of light and matter. I found that one fascinating and finished all four lectures in four days.

    Also, Brian Cox recently released a fascinating book, Why does E=mc^2, and why should I care. This one is heavier in relativity and less on quantum theory, but he does go into both. He stays out of the math, which depending on your perspective may be a good thing or a bad thing. I definitely consider this one a good starting point.

    Lastly, if you haven't already, Microsoft has released all 7 feynman messenger lectures online for free. Definitely worth a watch.
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  5. Dec 17, 2009 #4
    As far as technical books I would first recommend "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" by David J. Griffiths followed by "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by Shankar.

    Jim Khalili's, "What is Quantum" is a wonderful non-technical book.

    For Quantum Field Theory I'm currently reading the text book by Mark Srednicki.
  6. Dec 17, 2009 #5
    How about Quantun Mechanics:An Introduction by David Griffth?
  7. Dec 20, 2009 #6


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    Already recommended above: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Introductio...=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261076762&sr=8-2

    It's a great book for a first technical experience in quantum mechanics. Griffith's explains things very well, but does not present the all the mathematical formalism that needs to be presented. (i.e. The book is very weak with Dirac notation.)

    Has anyone had any experience with Townshend? (Spelling?) I hear it's a decent "pre- Sakurai" book at an undergraduate level.
  8. Dec 21, 2009 #7
    Griffith's/Shankar -> Sakurai
  9. Dec 21, 2009 #8

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    Or Griffith's/Shankar -> Ballentine
    John Townsend has written two quantum books. I think that mean you mean A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics,


    not Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Quantum Physics,


    A few years ago, A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics was in the library of the school I was then at, and I quickly leafed through it a few times. It looked to be very interesting, but this is a very personal, very quick opinion. You might want to take a look at parts of this book, including its preface, in Google Books,

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  10. Dec 22, 2009 #9


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    We used Townsend at my school. I, and most others, liked it a lot (although I still think Shankar is better).
  11. Jan 13, 2010 #10

    hi everyone,
    have you got any link for shankar's solution?
    I have some problems with "addition of angular momentums"!!
  12. Jan 20, 2010 #11
    Isn't this against the forum rules?
  13. Jan 21, 2010 #12
    I don't think so!
    I have a problem with problem 15.3.3
    and some other problems in this chapter
    help me please! exams coming!!! :yuck:
  14. Jan 28, 2010 #13
    I recommend these exact same three books. If you work your way through these, you'll know quantum mechanics. The Betts & Davies book is great for conceptual understanding, while the Griffiths book gives you problems, & a more solid mathematical introduction to work with, Philips on the other hand is a mixture of both & is a bit unique in it's presentation.
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