1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Support PF! Reminder for those going back to school to buy their text books via PF Here!
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Recommendation for Quantum Mechanics book

  1. Nov 20, 2009 #1
    Can someone recommend me a book for self-studying quantum mechanics, just for personal interest.

    I'm studying math, but not physics.

    So I'm looking for something with a bit more of a mathematical focus. I'm very knowledgeable in linear algebra, and also know about Hilbert spaces and some functional analysis in general.

    My physics knowledge is OK, but I've never had any formal instruction in university level physics, although I'm well-aware the general ideas of QM, although not the mathematical details, which is what I hope to learn.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 20, 2009 #2
    Those are the books recommended by t'Hooft for self study:

    # Quantum Mechanics - an Introduction, 4th ed. - W. Greiner
    # R. Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Plenum
    # Quantum Mechanics - Symmetries 2nd ed. - W. Greiner, B. Muller
    # Quantum Mechanics - Vol 1&2 - Cohen-Tannoudji
    # J.J. Sakurai, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Addison-Wesley
     
  4. Nov 20, 2009 #3

    Fredrik

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Based on what you said I think "Lectures on quantum theory: mathematical and structural foundations" by Chris Isham would be the best choice. It might be a good idea to also get one of the standard introductory textbooks (e.g. Griffiths) and read both at the same time. By the way, there are lots of threads like this one, so you can check them out too.
     
  5. Nov 20, 2009 #4

    George Jones

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

  6. Nov 21, 2009 #5

    Landau

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2017
  7. Nov 21, 2009 #6
  8. Nov 22, 2009 #7

    Fredrik

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2017
  9. Nov 22, 2009 #8
    My top recomendation:
    Introductory Quantum Mechanics-Liboff


    I also have to second Greiner's book. Shanker's Principals of Quantum Mechanics is also good. However, I could NEVER recommend Griffiths (unlike everyone else on PF), as it is unsatisfying both mathematically and physically. Feynman's Lectures on PHysics, Vol. III is better
     
  10. Dec 2, 2009 #9

    clem

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    If your math is good, you can use Dirac without knowing any other physics.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook