on July 15, 2004
Levin's undergraduate book is very complete. A course like this would be an excellent foundation for a graduate course later on. If you've ever looked at gasiorowicz, which is also quite complete, it's like that plus all the words/explaination that G-wicz is missing. I highly recommend this book.
on April 23, 2010
I wasn't in the market for a quantum book, but happened to pass by this one at the store, and had to get it. First off the book is beautiful. They have done a great job making the text clear and visually comfortable, the equations read beautifully, and the book "feels" light for being over 700 pages (big pages).
Topic wise the book is very thorough. Both in the sense of many topics are covered and they are generally covered thoroughly and formally. I really think Levin does a great job of balancing rigor with clarity. Although I haven't made it all the way through the text, I've peeked ahead to several sections and been impressed with content. Likewise I haven't sat down with the pencil and paper and worked out the problems, but the problem sets I read through looked polished.
As far as complaints go, I've have a couple, generally mild -- ok this first one is actually pretty picky. The author uses the phrases "vis." and "quantal" all of the time. After a couple of days it became less annoying, but now I find myself saying quantal from time to time -- almost like getting a song stuck in your head.
The other complaint isn't really on my behalf, but on the behalf of a first time student. I think many of the early chapters don't get to "it" quick enough. The basic 1-d problems aren't really attacked until chapter 6, page 175. Everything before that provides motivation and formalism. I think that may be a little too far of a lead-in for the uninitiated student, so if its used in a intro QM class, the teacher probably shouldn't strictly follow the text's path.
Otherwise this book if fantastic. It goes above and beyond the content needed for a first year course, while keeping that content accessible. I think this text has more than will be swallowed by most first year undergrad classes, and could probably be used by many universities graduate QM classes. It's been several years, so I won't directly compare this to the texts I used, but even if you aren't assigned this text, I would recommend picking it up as a reference (especially if you are an undergrad using say Griffiths, who is looking to continue into grad school).