Advanced Quantum Mechanics 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201067101
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (January 11, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201067102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201067101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Mattes on October 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I would urge the reader not to dismiss this book too quickly on the basis of its age. This book fills a gap that isn't filled by any other text that I know of: it bridges an undergraduate/beginning grad course in quantum mechanics with a course in quantum field theory. My own experience, which I believe is somewhat typical, was to have a graduate course in quantum theory at the level of Cohen-Tannoudji, followed by a field theory course at the level of Peskin and Schroeder. It seems to me that these levels are separated by a virtual chasm.

I suppose it is natural that as theoretical physics grows, topics once considered crucial fall into the dustbin. Perhaps spending a few weeks studying the single-particle Dirac equation might simply be wasted time when one is eager to move as quickly as possible to the frontier of quantum field theory or string theory or whatnot. But to gain a satisfactory (by my own standards, of course) understanding of Peskin and Schroeder (P&S) level QFT, I needed to spend some time in the chasm. For example:

* Spending time really thinking about the Dirac equation was very helpful. Even though one can motivate quantum fields by resorting to special relativity and the axioms of quantum mechanics, it was very useful to understand in what ways the single-particle Dirac equation (over 60 pages in the book) is still useful, and in what ways it needs to be surplanted. This understanding has been very useful in studying, for example, bound-states and corrections to nuclear transition rates, where computations are nearly impossible using only field-theoretic techniques. It was also helpful in understanding the connection between fermionic field operators and single particle wave functions (which is barely a one-paragraph discussion in P&S).
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By henrique fleming on February 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very fine book on quantum electrodynamics and should not be confused with Modern Quantum Mechanics, which is a postumous text on quantum mechanics, too formal to my taste. Advanced Quantum Mechanics, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. The treatment of field quantization is very intuitive, based on Fermi's ideas, and Physics is always kept to the forefront. Calculations (there are plenty of them; this is not a couch book) are very detailed and, alas, must be redone with much attention, for typos are quite frequent. I believe this to be still the book to be recommended for a beginner. She should, after all, know the physics, and be able to do a back-of-envelope estimative of the size of Lamb shift, by Bethe's method. The book teaches you that.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1998
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Despite the title, the subject is Quantum Electrodynamics, meaning the physics of photons and electrons in interaction. So you'll find Dirac equation, Feynman diagrams, renormalization, Lamb shift, etc. There are hordes of books devoted to that. So what is the difference? The diference is Sakurai. He just couldn't write badly. And here he chose also a very good point of view: avoiding any excess of formalism. The book uses Dirac equations, basic principles of quantum mechanics and relativity, perturbation theory and common sense to derive approximate and accurate descriptions of all phenomena involving photons and electrons, including Lamb shift. You'll learn lots of physics and also Feynman's rules of calculation (the Feynman diagrams). And also a little renormalization. But only a little. Then you could go for the recent tomes of Steven Weinberg on Quantum Field Theory. Farewell!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Buncher on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The 1 star is only for the condition of the printed text itself, not for any content in the book.

Addison-Wesley has done a grave injustice to this classic with its latest printing. I ordered it a few weeks ago from Amazon, and what arrived was appalling.

The text is not "clean", it looks as though it was poorly photocopied. Every single arrow indicating spin/helicity directions in the diagrams is not clear, and quite a few don't even show up at all. Sub- and super-scripts are very hard to read in many equations and diagrams, due to the poor print quality of the text. Anyone who has read or seen an earlier printing will be sorely disappointed if they order this text now.

Amazon offered to exchange the book for another copy, which I took them up on, but the replacement was just as bad in print quality. It seems as though this is the fault of the publisher. I tried to reach Addison-Wesley for comment, but my email must not have gotten through. I wish to stress that Amazon was fantastic throughout the entire ordeal, and was consistently helpful, swift, and courteous in their responses.

Overall, it's a great book, but I would highly recommend against buying new. If buying used, make sure to ask any seller to provide high-res pictures of Figure 2-3 on page 51 ( you should see THREE gray arrows for the polarization directions), and of Figure 3-9 on page 164, to see if the gray arrows showing the spin direction of the Lambda particle show up clearly. If they do, buy it! If not, it's a bad print copy, and not worth any amount of money.

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book represents to a large degree an approach to quantum field theory that is now viewed as somewhat out of date. Modern textbooks and monographs in quantum field theory emphasize functional methods, the renormalization group, the operator product expansion, and topological field configurations. In addition, this book was published before the advent of the electroweak theory, and so readers will not get an introduction to this theory, nor to quantum chromodynamics, the gauge theory of the strong interactions. The only gauge theory actually treated in the book is quantum electrodynamics, although the author does not exploit the gauge invariance of this theory to its fullest potential in the book.
For those readers who want learn quantum field theory, this book would probably not suffice, due to the above omissions. However, the book might still be used as a reference, and one that, as stated by the author, emphasizes the physics of quantum field theory. Covariant perturbation theory and Feynmam diagrams are given ample treatment. In addition, the author does not hesitate to employ symmetry considerations in the discussion of the transformation properties of the Dirac wave function and the quantized Dirac field. The spin-statistics theorem is not proven, but some plausible arguments as to its validity are given, dealing with the difficulty in constructing a quantum field theory for the electron that does not obey the Pauli exclusion principle. And, as another example of the avoidance of complicated mathematics, the author chooses to discuss the Moller interaction between two electrons using the (noncovariant) Coulomb gauge.
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