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How about math? Do you have a C or better in some flavor of Calculus? Do you know what [tex]sin^2\theta + cos^2\theta[/tex] equals? What?emotionalmachine said:

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To be honest I'm not that interested in learning the equations and such, is that really necessary? I rather learn the theoretical side of things. But yeah what are some good books on calc? I guess I could take something in uni next year but I have other things I need to do, ya know?

My mom says I'm really smart even though my IQ test failed :(. She said it's just a piece of paper and not to worry about it. Ok thanks ^_^.

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If all you want is a general idea, there are some popular books that discuss QM to some degree likeemotionalmachine said:To be honest I'm not that interested in learning the equations and such, is that really necessary? I rather learn the theoretical side of things.

I personally recommend

I don't think it's possible to fully grasp the "theoretical side" of QM (or any part of physics for that matter) unless you're willing to devote a lot of time on the math. Feynman has a nice discussion on this issue in

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If I may advise you something, which should now be readable on your level, although it DOES talk about the math (and more: why the math is essential, without assuming you know it already): read "The Road to Reality" by Penrose. He spends first a great deal in explaining WHY he thinks that you should master some mathematics if you want to understand (not even to use) physics, then he explains you the math (starting with what is a fraction, such as 2/5), by explaining you what are the ideas that the mathematics tries to put in formulas, and then he explains you how these mathematical ideas are related to the physical world, by starting with highschool geometry. So you should be able to jump on the wagon given the starting level. A big part of his book is exactly about quantum theory.emotionalmachine said:To be honest I'm not that interested in learning the equations and such, is that really necessary?

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By the way, to add to the non-mathematical intro books, Nick Herbert's

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I wasn't sure how vital the mathematical knowledge was to understanding the theoretical side of the coin. Thanks for clarifying. Time to add to the book list.

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