"[AUG] If I was just starting QM, I'd read this first, if you have the math background. More formal than, e.g., Miller, covers fewer applications. Like the top-down structure: Ch 2 math tools incl def. of Hilbert space; Ch 3 postulates; Ch 4 1-D problems incl. harmonic oscillator using algebraic ops. Like a baby Shankar! The many solved problems are a huge plus."
"[AUG] Clear, student-friendly applied-oriented exposition. Covers a lot, incl. density matrix, fermion operators, Bell's theorem. After reading so many complaints about "standard" texts, tried Miller and was happy I did. Also check out Zettili, more theory / math oriented but given what I could read at books.google.com, my #1 choice for a first book, supplemented by Miller for applications."
"[AUG/G] Don't know why this wonderful book doesn't get more attention! Too substantial, I am guessing... more detailed & more formal than other introductory QM texts I've studied. Great for self-study but only for dedicated autodidacts who want more than a typical intro's worth of knowledge under their QM belts. Overall, very highly recommended. Cf. my Amazon review."
"[AUG] Innovative introduction. Generally clear. Very few answers to problems. Very informal: no intro to Hilbert spaces. Focuses on physics, incl. path integrals, fascinating discussion of NH3 maser, Aharonov-Bohm effect. Atypically, starts with intrinsic spin and angular momentum; wave mechanics does not come into play until ch. 6. Overall: enjoyable but not the best for a 1st book."
"[G/AUG] Just ok for self-study. Don't like the formal development. Overall I'm less enthusiastic than I used to be, given more recent excellent texts like Levin's. Overall Very poor production quality!"
"[G/AUG] Very logical development & does not hide the math; treats many newer topics not found in other intros: eg. measurement theory, decoherence, interaction free measurements, delayed choice, quantum eraser, quantum zeno effects. Assumes more math / physics than typical, so for many, not best for first book. I return to this book often. Cf. my Amazon review."
"[AUG] By far the best book I've found for gaining a solid understanding of many key experimental results in QM until about 2002. Complements standard undergraduate textbooks on quantum mechanics very well and is suitable for self-study. Assumes familiarity with calculus and UG physics. Cf. my Amazon review."
"[G/AUG] Great lectures on the foundations of QM but not for beginners. Should understand something about linear functional analysis and Hilbert spaces before tackling this on your own. But if you're interested in issues of interpretation, then this is a pedagogically sound, totally reliable source by a world-class physicist. But be forewarned that it is not an easy read."
"[AUG / G] My favorite book on linear functional analysis. Why list it here? If you wanna learn the math behind QM, I recommend studying some linear functional analysis independently and this is simply the best book on that subject I've found."
"[AUG/G] Superb intro to HS theory! Clear, careful, concise exposition for those not wanting to fill in important material via exercises, a practice I detest. Prereqs: linear algebra; some analysis, topology, group theory. Nice pace: Hilbert spaces on p. 23; spectrum p.158. Has spectral analysis of unbounded self-adjoint operators. Anyone interested in HS formalism of QM should check it out!"
"[G / AUG] Extremely succinct and rigorous exposition of the mathematical basis of QM. If you're determined to understand this stuff, this is a very good book to read (and reread). However, you better have the needed math background and be able to read very small font!"