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  • Hardcover: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521897831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521897839
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an excellent introductory-level textbook on quantum mechanics for physicists and engineers. It is a timely contribution with a modern perspective on not only the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics, but also their applications to nanotechnology as well as quantum information. The author is a leading expert in quantum devices and he writes the text with remarkable clarity and authority. It is highly recommended as a textbook for courses on quantum mechanics in undergraduate curricula in science and engineering. "
Shun Lien Chuang, Robert MacClinchie Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"I think this is an excellent book. It will become my standard reference for text for quantum mechanics and I will expect to see it on the shelves of my PhD students as well as undergraduate students. If students want to find one book that that will serve as both an introductory and future reference text on quantum mechanics, condensed matter and quantum optics they should buy this one."
Gareth Parry, Imperial College, London

"Miller teaches electrical engineering and applied physics at Stanford, so he is aware of the pitfalls in learning quantum mechanics. This text is a lucid introduction to the subject, even for those who haven't studied linear algebra. He even gives the Greek alphabet in an appendix so the formulae can be read out loud without embarrassment. The book is designed for a two-term course. It begins with Schroedinger's equation and its implications. He continues with approximation methods, perturbation theory, quanta in crystalline materials, various matrices, harmonic oscillators and photons, and fermions. Each chapter closes with a review of terms used. Miller ends with possible used for quantum mechanics in computing, cryptography and even teleportation, although he warns that the last does not mean stepping into the transporter beam any time soon."
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"... a well-written book on an advanced subject."
N. Sadanand, Central Connecticut State University for Choice Magazine

Book Description

By relating the core principles of quantum mechanics to the growing range of practical applications in engineering, physics, and nanotechnology, students will develop an understanding of theoretical concepts through examples of nanostructured materials, optics, and semiconductor devices. The book focuses on students' problem solving skills in worked examples and more than 160 homework problems. Additional resources are available from www.cambridge.org/9780521897839.

More About the Author

I am a professor of Electrical Engineering and (in what is called a "Courtesy Appointment") of Applied Physics at Stanford. If you want to know more about my professional career as an engineer and scientist, visit my website at http://www-ee.stanford.edu/~dabm/ .
I have been teaching a pair of quantum mechanics classes at Stanford for about 10 years now. This book, "Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers," is based on material I developed over many years teaching these courses. I have now taught more than 500 students in these classes, ranging from undergraduates in various different disciplines to a broad range of graduate engineers and scientists. The courses are aimed at anyone with a good basic understanding of science and mathematics to about a second year or advanced first year college level. I do not presume that the students are necessarily physicists, and I have been careful to minimize the amount of physics I require the reader to know. I have also summarized the key background physics and mathematics in appendices. I have made the solutions to some problems publicly available, which should particularly help anyone teaching themselves from this book. This book should therefore be accessible to a broad range of scientists and engineers while still giving a solid grounding in the subject at a level suitable even for physicists. The basic topics covered include those one would expect in a first serious physics quantum mechanics course. Some of the more advanced topics are useful both to physicists and to other scientists and engineers, including some important practical areas such as semiconductor devices, nanostructures and modern optics.
I greatly enjoyed writing this book. I hope you enjoy reading it!

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For those sensitive to the physical quality of a book, Miller is very nicely produced and easy on aging eyes.
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This year, as an undergrad EE major at Stanford, I took the quantum mechanics course from which this book emerged, using the book as a primary textbook and reference.
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The graphics are helpful, and there are problems included after nearly every section which generally guide you through the concepts quite well.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Chen on December 4, 2008
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Many textbooks, in general, suffer in readability due to the author assuming the reader thinks just as he or she does, or knows a sufficient amount of information prior to reading. David Miller is one of those authors that is just the opposite: he never assumes you know anything that isn't in his book (other than that you know how to read and do basic math). In addition, Miller has the unique ability to relate complex and complicated concepts to common examples. You will find that reading through this text is much smoother than with other textbooks. There are also solutions to certain problems and viewgraphs available for free online.

The topics in the book cover the basic quantum mechanical scenarios, such as simple 1D/3D potentials, operators, the uncertainty principle (taught in two ways...Griffiths provides a third), matrix formalism, Dirac notation, angular momentum, spin, and the Hydrogen atom. In addition, more advanced topics, such as perturbation theory (time independent and dependent), the density matrix, and approximation techniques. Miller also relates much of the material to photonics topics, such as absorption, Fermi's Golden Rule, non-linear effects, refractive index, and much more. As an EE professor, he also covers some band theory of crystalline solids.

I feel that this book is extremely complete and will be extremely useful for anyone wanting to learn Quantum Mechanics. I've also used Griffiths and Singh, which are also excellent texts. I feel that Griffiths accompanies this text very well (so having both is more than complete). I have yet to find an error in the text, and this is most likely because Miller wrote this originally as a course reader that was published through Stanford. The course reader has been used by other professors and hundreds of student prior to publishing. This means that your learning won't be plagued or interrupted with errors, or with the need to purchase a new edition.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Jean on March 29, 2011
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This is a textbook like no other: Clear. Honest. Eloquent. Thorough. Typo-free. Readable.

Reading Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers feels like nothing more than a friendly chat with Dave Miller about the nature of the universe. This year, as an undergrad EE major at Stanford, I took the quantum mechanics course from which this book emerged, using the book as a primary textbook and reference. You can pick up this book with nothing but a basic linear algebra background--the simple math relevant to QM is reviewed in the appendix--and immediately dive in, learning from cover to cover without ever feeling lost in the vast world of QM. A fantastic teacher and writer, Prof. Miller devotes particular attention to practical methods for using quantum mechanics in engineering (e.g., transfer matrix, perturbation theories, various approximation methods). That said, he never fails to explore and explain the theoretical and philosophical aspects of QM, giving a satisfyingly honest sense of certainty to an inherently uncertain field.

Without a clear guide, learning (and using) quantum mechanics can be a frightening endeavor for students and experienced researchers alike. With this book in hand, you'll quickly find that David Miller is the right man for the job.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Mesquita on February 14, 2010
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As a physicist, I bought this book more for curiosity than to study itself. And I must confess I was really surprised by the conciseness of the text. It is a really nice and good introductory book. It doesn't go into the details and math formalism, but it does provide a nice physical insight, as well as good explanations. I recommend this book if you are looking for an introductory quantum mechanics text.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Edwards on June 13, 2008
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Reminiscent of Feynman's Lectures on Physics, the author's clear, conversational writing style makes quantum mechanics tangible (and interesting!) to a wide range of readers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat Dinh Tran on February 24, 2010
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My major is physics, and i bought this book for self-learning. The book is clear and requires less background knowledge, 2 years of basic college math and physics are enough. The book was well written with good explainations. Specialy with appendices can help you know what physics, math background you need for the subject.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gengogakusha on July 23, 2009
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I am teaching myself quantum mechanics with the goal of understanding original research articles. I have found Miller to be extraordinarily well written and suitable for self-study. As an overall introduction to QM for self-study, I think Miller would be hard to beat, providing a nice balance between physical applications and mathematics. (For those sensitive to the physical quality of a book, Miller is very nicely produced and easy on aging eyes.)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Schaevitz on May 2, 2008
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I have used this reference before it was even made into a book for a course taught by the author. Both the authors written and spoken words are incredibly clear and easy to follow. The examples and homework questions help to better understand the material being taught and relate directly to the books contents. I highly recommend this as a reference for students as well as a course book since it would be excellent source around which a Professor may design a course.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Marquez on May 11, 2008
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Although I haven't reviewed this published version of the text, I have read his course reader that this text is based on (and a few others) for an applied QM course at Stanford. Unlike too many graduate courses where course notes are so poorly written and organized that the student finds themselves spending an inordinate amount of time deciphering them, Dr. Miller essentially writes a detailed (yet fairly concise) textbook for just about every class that he teaches. More importantly he is able to convey complex concepts very clearly. Based on my experience reading his course readers, I highly recommend any textbook he writes.
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