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Quantum Mechanics (Volume 2) Paperback – January 8, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0471164357 ISBN-10: 0471164356 Edition: Volume 2

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; Volume 2 edition (January 8, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471164356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471164357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Beginning students of quantum mechanics frequently have difficulty separating essential underlying principles from the specific examples to which these principles have historically been applied. This book is especially designed to eliminate that difficulty. Fourteen chapters, augmented by 14 "complementary sections," provide a clarity of organization, careful attention to pedagogical details, and a wealth of topics and examples that allow physics professors to tailor courses to meet students’ specific needs. Each chapter starts with a clear exposition of the problem to be treated and then logically develops the physical and mathematical concept. These chapters emphasize the underlying principles of the material, undiluted by extensive references to applications and practical examples. (Such applications and practical examples are contained in the complementary sections.) The book begins with a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas using simple optical analogies and continues with a systematic presentation of the mathematical tools and postulates of quantum mechanics as well as a discussion of their physical content. Applications follow, starting with the simplest ones (two-level systems, the harmonic oscillator, etc.), and becoming gradually more complicated (the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, etc.). The complementary sections each expand this basic knowledge, supplying a wide range of applications and related topics which make use of the essential skills. Here the authors include carefully written, detailed expositions of a large number of special problems and more advanced topics—integrated as an essential portion of the text. These topics, however, are not interdependent; this allows professors to direct their quantum mechanics courses toward both physics and chemistry students.

About the Author

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, born in Constantine (Algeria) in 1933, studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he received a postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1962. In 1973 he was accepted at the Collège de France, and in 1981 became a member of the Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling of neutral atoms (together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips). The method is relevant for the development of precise atomic clocks, which are used for positioning and navigation. His is currently affiliated to the Laboratoire de Physique at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris).
His textbook on quantum mechanics, written together with Bernard Diu und Franck Laloë, is one of the best-known timeless standard references in this field and is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.

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This book was given as a gift for my son in graduate school.
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After years of searching for a really good book on non-relativistic quantum mechanics, I found it in this book.
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This book however, presents that subject material in full form and in great detail.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rod HUg on November 27, 1999
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After years of searching for a really good book on non-relativistic quantum mechanics, I found it in this book. The beginning student can easily understand it and it's comprehensiveness will appeal to the more advanced student. It's use of the Dirac notation makes for a clean and concise treatment. The book is FAR better than most other quantum mechanics books found in university libraries, in my opinion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1997
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Written by one of the most proeminent physicists in quantum optics, this book shows, besides his
competence, his very high level of didactic.
The problems are well-choosen and there are plenty of examples to make everything clear. It's worth to have it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angry Bear on January 1, 2014
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This is by far my favorite quantum mechanics textbook. I would not suggest it as a first exposure to quantum mechanics textbook. For those purposes I would suggest griffiths, he is excellent at progressively lying less to the reader as he/she progresses. This book however, presents that subject material in full form and in great detail. I constantly reference back to this book and the other volume.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1998
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If you are fed up with QM books that bury you under tons of formulas from page one to the end, and who are written by authors who seem to hide their own ignorance of QM behind the equations, get this book and its first volume. Without any doubts, one of the best AND clearest books on QM, with mathematics used wisely.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dirac on January 1, 2000
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Complete, pedagogical, and beautiful. These volumes have it all! Now, they might seem disorganised at first, but once you read the "Introduction" and the "Directions for Use" page you will learn how to navigate the book. Don't be intimidated by the thickness of these two volumes; most of it is due to chapter complements, which are wholly optional.
It is highly recommended that you have some previous experience with elementary quantum physics before hitting Cohen-Tannoudji. Eisber and Resnik or French and Taylor (MIT series) are both good starts.
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