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Quantum Mechanics 3rd Edition
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When I originally flipped through this book I was impressed by the wealth of the content and the large number of interesting exercises that applied the fundamentals to the basic principles of various fields of research (quantum optics and quantum information for example). I then resolved to work through all of the problems and exercises. After having completed this book I am less impressed than I hoped I would be.
The problems in this book are divided into two classes, the first being exercises interspersed throughout the text, the second being problems at the end of each chapter. None of the exercises in the text are difficult but they tend to disrupt the flow of the book as they (especially towards the end of the book) are of the form: `now you have seen the most trivial case, verify this formula for the cases n=5,6,7 which will involve you inverting 27 4x4 matrices' (I exaggerate slightly). I am a little irritated by this as it requires the reader to switch into autopilot and wade through pages of algebra to get a result you knew you would get anyway. The problems at the end of each chapter range from the ultimately trivial to applications to some research topics (but still fairly straightforward).
The style of the presentation of the subject matter is a little quirky and idiosyncratic in places. This book is in its 3rd edition and it is easy to pick additions in this edition. The typo density increases in these chapters/sections and the text just skims the derivations.Read more ›
A wealth of information. If you're looking for it, it's probably at least mentioned in here if it's mentioned in any QM textbook anywhere. Might make a good reference, then.
However, as a book to learn from it seems generally obtuse difficult to read (though some sections are better or worse than others). It isn't just that it's abstract or mathematical - I don't mind that at all; in fact that's one of the strengths of this book in my opinion - but that the necessary explanation just isn't there, or is ineffective.
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Not surprisingly, the enthusiasm with which I support this graduate-level (Caveat: I refer here to the Second Edition)
textbook is hardly shared by the majority of... Read more
It's suspicious how similar Merzbacher's quantum book is to Jackson's electromagnetics text. I'm not just talking about the covers, both dark blue with silver letters. Read morePublished 27 days ago by alberliu
It is a very high level book, if you don`t have a background on Q.M. like Griffiths or Shankar this is a waste of money.Published 11 months ago by ADRIEL
I would look for another book to understand grad level Quantum.Published 17 months ago by Jonathan Monson
One very very thick book!
Merzbacher's Quantum Mechanics is not the most popular graduate text for QM; however, it is one of the options that some professors will choose. Read more
The book is really what I wanted. And its is very cheap. It costs me only 12 USD. Really good!Published on February 12, 2013 by Zhangjin Chen
My friends who attended physics grad school at Cornell in the mid 1970's told me that Hans Bethe's lectures for the standard grad level quantum mechanics course consisted of him... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by Ulfilas