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It all depends on what you're interested in and how you think, but my first recommendation would be Essential Quantum Mechanics by Gary Bowman. It's a very concise explanation of things that I consider to be among the most interesting aspects of QM. Also, as a broad and relatively rigorous reference, I'd say Cohen-Tanudji's two volumes.

But Shankar is also good IMO.

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There are lots of threads like this in the science book discussion forum. I usually tell people to get Griffiths and Isham first (and read both at the same time), and then Ballentine, but maybe I should replace Griffiths with something else. Several people have said that it's not that good. I assumed that it was because it got positive comments from several people here and when I used the "search inside" feature at Amazon, I really liked what I saw. Maybe the rest of the book isn't as good as the parts I read.

In one of these threads, someone suggested the book by Nouredine Zettilli. It looks like a very interesting option. It has 13 reviews at Amazon. The only two who gave it 4 stars instead of 5 said that they did it because it had some typos.

Isham is a must-have in my opinion. The full name is "Lectures on quantum theory: mathematical and structural foundations". It's cheap, short, easy to read, and focuses on the mathematical formalism (without getting into the heavy stuff). It's more about what the theory actually says, than about how to apply it.

I also recommend that you get a good book on linear algebra. ("Linear algebra done right" by Sheldon Axler looks very good to me, but I have only read a few pages in it). Some of the QM stuff is impossible to understand without a solid understanding of vector spaces, linear independence, inner products, orthormality, eigenvectors and the relationship between linear operators and matrices.

In one of these threads, someone suggested the book by Nouredine Zettilli. It looks like a very interesting option. It has 13 reviews at Amazon. The only two who gave it 4 stars instead of 5 said that they did it because it had some typos.

Isham is a must-have in my opinion. The full name is "Lectures on quantum theory: mathematical and structural foundations". It's cheap, short, easy to read, and focuses on the mathematical formalism (without getting into the heavy stuff). It's more about what the theory actually says, than about how to apply it.

I also recommend that you get a good book on linear algebra. ("Linear algebra done right" by Sheldon Axler looks very good to me, but I have only read a few pages in it). Some of the QM stuff is impossible to understand without a solid understanding of vector spaces, linear independence, inner products, orthormality, eigenvectors and the relationship between linear operators and matrices.

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1) Lecture Series on Quantum Physics by Prof.V.Balakrishnan, Department of Physics, IIT Madras

2) Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics by Prof. Leonard Susskind, Stanford University

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... to which this thread has now been moved.There are lots of threads like this in the science book discussion forum.

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I have a stack of 15 GB ebooks right now and I predict it will grow to 50 GB (almost all scientific subjects including programing, electronics and maths) after the downloads will finish.

Use Recoll or Kat (for Linux) to keep a track of your books with full text search (it's a Desktop Search Engine)...I use Recoll, but there are many available...however I found Recoll the only one working and accurate.

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