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Quantum Mechanics (2 Volumes in 1)

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ISBN-13: 978-0486409245
ISBN-10: 0486409244
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486409244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486409245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Published in 1958, this book is still used as a reference in graduate classes in quantum mechanics. One property of older books on quantum theory that is missing in more modern treatments is the inclusion of the history behind the subject. A discussion of the historical origins of a physical theory is of great importance in the learning and the appreciation of the subject. The first chapter of the first volume of this work does that very well, for the author gives a detailed discussion of the issues and experiments that were arising in classical physics in the early years of the 20th century that gave birth to quantum theory. This is followed in chapter two by an introduction (with history) to matter waves and the Schroedinger equation. Both of these chapters are very effective in developing the physical intution behind the quantum theory, beset as it is with problems of interpretation and mathematical inconsistencies.
To develop this intuition further, the author discusses one-dimensional quantum systems in the next chapter. His remarks that these kinds of problems serve to develop the student's understanding and he also refers to the fact that several problems can be reduced to ones that resemble the one-dimensional Schroedinger equation. With the advent of exactly solved many-particle systems in one-dimension that were discovered after this book was published, the consideration of one-dimensional problems such as are included in this chapter is of even more importance. Most of the "standard problems" are discussed here, such as the potential step, the square well potential, and the square potential barrier. The author also does not hesitate to discuss the mathematical properties of the one-dimensional Schroedinger equation.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2002
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Messiah is one of those books you can't learn QM from - it's simply too dull and nitpicky, and goes into too much detail. But the same features that make it a poor book to study QM out of make it a very useful reference, and as such I heartly give it the 5 stars it deserves.
Messiah covers just about everything an ordinary physicist should know about basic, non-relativistic quantum mechanics, including quite a nice introduction to field quantization and relativistic wave equations. No Berry phase here, but you can find just about any other topic, treated in great detail. No assertment goes unjustified. No stone is left unturned. Messiah also has a good sense of mathematical responsibility, and includes discussions of many questions avoided in other books, e.g., how can the delta function be rigorously defined? It also has a lot of nifty little bonuses no found in other books, such as the bosonic harmonic oscillator, and perturbation expansion using complex integration of Green's function. Very interesting material hard to find elsewhere.
The only major problem I have with this book is that it does not treat identical particles using fock space. This is a personal quibble, though. Messiah's treatment of identical particles using permutation operators is thorough and didactic.
The book includes useful appendices about the definitions and properties of the special functions he uses (spherical harmonics, bessel functions, and the dreaded confluent-hypergeometric-whatever-function no one likes). Other appendices summarize all the information you'll ever need to remember about Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, and another includes a very good refreshment on group theory needed for QM.
This ultra-low-priced heavy-weight all-in-one Dover edition is like a gift from above.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Akiko Fukada on December 23, 2003
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The book is thorough and covers all the topics in Quantum mechanics.The chapters follow just the way Q.M developed over the years.The reader would find it even more interesting if he/she has some background in Classical Mechanics because Messiah often refers to Hamilton-Jacobi equation, Action and Hamiltonian in general.
The book also develops Bra-Ket algebra in a very easy way, something I have not seen any other book.Messiah's way of treating scattering problems is quite different from that of the others. He doesn't make use of Green's Function but uses the wave-packet approach.
This books gets 3 stars because it's quite verbose. Messiah often gets stuck in explaining things over and over again(therefore the size of the book!). The drawback is that there are few problems per chapter and are quite difficult. This does not help the student gain confidence in the subject. The book assumes you are familiar with Electrodynamics.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
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This was the book I learned QM from, and after this many years the fundamental concepts and methods of QM are still freshly in my mind. Out of so many QM books which had wildly different focus, this book concentrate on the fundamental physical principle, and laid out the subjects in an elegant and logical way. The well designed exercises and problems help a lot, too. Although more than 30+ years old, this book still shines and doesn't suffer much from lack of examples from "recent"" applications of QM. A student, working scientist/engineer, or just an educated and ambitious reader, will still be able to gain a solid training about QM from this book, and it is still a lot better than most other QM textbooks, new or old. This economic Dover combined edition is surely a gift to the readers. In a time when most technical books seem to get out-dated after 2-3 years in publication, a book like this Messiah's QM provides confidence that truly valuable knowledge is still not volatile.
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