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What textbooks are there so that I can learn quantum mechanics?

  1. May 11, 2014 #1
    So, I was looking for resources where I can learn quantum mechanics.
    I know very little about it. But I have learned algebra, trigonometry, calculus, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics if that helps.

    So is there any textbooks on quantum mechanics? If quantum mechanics requires solving problems (like mathematics) then are there any textbooks on it that also provide problems to solve?
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  3. May 11, 2014 #2
    You seem to know the necessary mathematics, so that won't be a problem.

    What about physics? How's your knowledge of classical mechanics and of E&M?
  4. May 11, 2014 #3
    Haven't thought of physics. I also have no clue on what physics truly is. But lets say after I learn physics, I need textbooks. So what would they be? (name and author)
  5. May 11, 2014 #4


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    You have the math.

    I suggest a gentle introduction via the following sequence:
    Susskind - Theoretical Minimum:
    Susskind - Theoretical Minimum - Quantum Mechanics
    Quantum Mechanics Demystified:

    Then you should be set for THE book on QM - Ballentine:

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  7. May 12, 2014 #6
    It's just my opinion that you may be thinking 1+ years ahead in your future, since classical mechanics and electricity and magnetism (the prerequisites of quantum mechanics) generally take some time to learn.
  8. May 13, 2014 #7


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    That a quantum theory book contains "old quantum mechanics" is rather a reason not to recommend it. Of course, Messiah is a great source on wave mechanics. The relativistic part, however, is outdated. I don't know French&Taylor.

    My favorites are:

    Introductory level:

    J. J. Sakurai and S. Tuan. Modern Quantum Mechanics. Addison Wesley, 1993.
    There's a newer edition, which I don't know. So I can't say how it differs from this 2nd edition.

    Advanced level:

    L. E. Ballentine. Quantum Mechanics. World Scientific 1998.

    This is the best book to learn about the interpretational problems. It's clearly advocating the "Minimal Statistical Interpretation", which is the one everybody agrees upon.

    S. Weinberg, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press 2013.

    As usual with Weinberg's books this provides an excellent exposition of the physics and maths, but it's pretty short concerning detailed calculations. So it's more for the really advanced student.
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