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Quantum Mechanics!

  1. Apr 26, 2012 #1
    Hello People,
    Could you please tell me about any really cool books(1 or 2) from which i could start learning quantum mechanics?I'd love to read some mathematics involved in quantum mechanics before actually reading quantum mechanics.
    Lol i don't know if that made sense cause i absolutely have no idea of what exactly is involved in QM
    But I had finished reading an Essential Calculus textbook by James Stewart and now everything in EM and Classical Physics makes soo much more sense(from griffith's and berkley course in physics) and so much more beautiful.
    But I really don't know if there are any such mathematical foundation laying (beginner to high level-just like essential calculus) text books which would help describe quantum mechanics!

    PS- I'm sorry if I sound noobish and hope you will excuse me for that.
    and why couldn't i post this in the learning materials section?!
    Thank You!:shy:
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  3. Apr 26, 2012 #2
    Don't worry about the math, the calculus you have mastered will get you started well. Your main work will be getting your head around the quantum mechanics and thinking at right angles to reality.

    There are lots of specialised mathematical methods which come up as you get deeper into quantum theory but no one text will cover them all. A good text for a lot of mathematical physics is M Boas Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences

    There are a vast number of books on quantum mechanics. A good starting point may be A P French - Quantum Mechanics (its easy on the math but was written quite a while ago). A much more comprehensive (and expensive!) text is Eisberg and Resnick - Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles.

    Hope this helps


  4. Apr 26, 2012 #3
    Thanks a lot Sam! I better check them out in the library.
  5. Apr 26, 2012 #4
    Study some linear algebra, it's as crucial to QM as calculus is to classical mechanics. All the rest of the necessary math should be covered in a QM text just fine.
  6. Apr 26, 2012 #5


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    R. Shankar, author of a respected QM text, has a book, Basic Training in Mathematics, that addresses many of the needs expressed in the OP
  7. Apr 26, 2012 #6
    Thanks a lot guys,i really appreciate this!
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