- 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 (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advanced Quantum Mechanics 1st Edition
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Of the books for which I have offered an Amazon review, this textual review has presented me with the most difficult task of any. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. A. Schoenagel
Pulled an old copy of this out from the TARDIS archives Saturday 23rd November 2013. Easy read to calm the nerves, but only managed to read the first half as had a family reunion... Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by The Doctor
This is a great intro into QED, although I seriously recommend Feynman's little QED book. Renormalization is covered, as is most of Feynman's methods. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by b1y
If you're reading reviews on advanced QM then I'm sure you'd like this book... as for me, I'm through with physics. Undergrad stuff is a breeze but it's not worth it anymore. Read morePublished on August 16, 2003
This book is great - until you try to do the problems. I'm slightly peeved, having spent upwards of 30 hours (working with other grad students! Read morePublished on May 19, 2002 by Client d'Amazon
This textbook gives a rather formal treatment of quantum mechanics. That is not to say that it is in a theorem-proof format like Neumann, for example, but still I find it lacking... Read morePublished on July 5, 2000 by A. L.
This is an essential book for a student making the transition from nonrelativistic quantum mechanics to modern field theory. Read morePublished on April 18, 2000