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An awful text for learning quantum mechanics.
on May 20, 2011
For some unknown reason, my undergraduate institution used Goswami's quantum mechanics text instead of the plethora of other quality texts everyone else seems to use (e.g. Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics). Quantum mechanics is a difficult subject to "get" anyway, even with a good text, but it was practically impossible to make sense of with Goswami's book. Fortunately, the professor who taught the first semester of QM was good, so there was really no need to refer to the textbook. However, the professor who taught the second semester course was atrocious, and all of us students were left trying to learn the material by reading Goswami's book (as well as any other texts we could get our hands on). Needless to say, I got very little out of second semester QM except a hard-earned B (the only B I got that semester).
I'm entering grad school this fall and am spending the summer trying to master all that undergraduate QM. I didn't realize just how bad Goswami's book was until I picked up Griffith's text for review, as well some others (e.g. Greiner, Liboff, and Sakurai). All that material I thought was inconceivably hard as an undergrad seems downright easy now...that is, after I started reading these other QM books.
If you're new to QM, do yourself a favor and avoid Goswami's book at all cost. There are so many GOOD alternatives; pick one of those instead.