Indeed. I am pretty sure the printed version looks much better, at least my print-ready pdf does, and that this is auto-generated. Solely based on the number of equations, this is about one third of the first chapter.
Yeah the amazon preview is a sloppy rendering. Everything is seamless in the print version. The publisher wouldn't print the amazon render. I sent amazon a 5 star review. Hopefully they print it!I am pretty sure the printed version looks much better
It would have been more appropriate for a book on quantum mechanics. Or not. We won’t know until Greg reviews a QM book.Oh, don't get me wrong -- I like cats too. It just seemed quite funny mentioning that for a book about mathematical methods.
Well, I never understood, why the publishers offer technical books in epub formats with the formulae put in the lowest possible resolution. It discredits the entire book, if you ask me. Why don't they use pdf, which gives everything in very good quality (provided it's typeset correctly with real vector fonts rather than also using png or even worse jpg for formulae). Some textbooks by Springer are offered in pdf and epub. You can see the nonsense of epub by simple comparison of both formats. Never ever buy a textbook in epub format! I prefer to have both, a paper copy and the ebook as pdf. Sometimes you get this ideal combination, i.e., buying the paper copy you get the pdf ebook for free too.Indeed. I am pretty sure the printed version looks much better, at least my print-ready pdf does, and that this is auto-generated. Solely based on the number of equations, this is about one third of the first chapter.
@Greg Bernhardt has seen the copies used for prizes in the photo and haiku/limerick contests and should be able to confirm. I am hoping my author copies have arrived when I get back to work after the holidays on Monday.
Well, quantum physicists are known to be notorious cat tormentors, confining the poor animals in boxes and prepare a state, where the cat is in superposition of dead and alive. Even worse are experimenters, who tend to really open the box to check whether the cat is alive or dead, causing an instantaneous collapse of the poor creature (at least if they believe in naive interpretations of QT contradicting its very foundations ;-)).It would have been more appropriate for a book on quantum mechanics. Or not. We won’t know until Greg reviews a QM book.
Happy you like it. It means a lot.It's just great!
The look inside on amazon is the kindle version, which I believe is auto generated from the pdf. This does not always work out very well. The actual text is much better typeset.Is there a 'look inside' or sample chapter(s) available anywhere now/
p.s. never Mind. I see amazon has the look inside available now.
Thank you very much. I was utterly amazed. Thank you again.We had three amazing contests where the winners each won a copy of the book. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated! I wish we had more books to give away!
The contests and winners were:
PF Photo Contest, Physics+Maths (voting thread) - Winner: @Andy Resnick
Haiku/Limerick Contest - Winner: @kuruman
Educational Experience Account - Winner: @Dr.D
Just happy you liked it!I'm about to start writing a textbook myself, and I found this very helpful, so thank you for taking the time to write this Orodruin!
The original plan I had for the text is outlined in the Insight and you can compare it with the final table of contents. I touched on this briefly in the Insight as well, but generally I wrote more or less what I wanted to write from the beginning with the exception that some application chapters had to go because I realised they would essentially be books on their own if I wrote what I wanted about those subjects. I also added the chapter on symmetries and group theories because I found that many of my students could use a short and quickly accessible introduction to the subject without taking a full group theory course. It also added the benefit of being able to develop some particular insights in later chapters.Btw, how close was the book to what you had originally planned?
I think it is pretty close to what I wanted. I am sure there are typos in some places, but at some time you reach a point when further proofreading will no longer give you enough return. I am rather happy with how it turned out.Do you wish you could have spent more time on it, or is it pretty close to what you wanted?