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Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles Hardcover – January 1, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0471873730 ISBN-10: 047187373X Edition: 2nd
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A revision of a successful junior/senior level text, this introduction to elementary quantum mechanics clearly explains the properties of the most important quantum systems. Emphasizes the applications of theory, and contains new material on particle physics, electron-positron annihilation in solids and the Mossbauer effect. Includes new appendices on such topics as crystallography, Fourier Integral Description of a Wave Group, and Time-Independent Perturbation Theory.

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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd edition (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047187373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471873730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on December 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent introduction to Quantum Physics. This book gives the non-expert reader an insight into the tremendous explanatory power of quantum mechanics. It describes why and how Quantum Mechanics was developed, and it is primarily concerned with the understanding of concepts and ideas, rather than focusing on mathematical techniques. For this reason it might appear a little verbose to some readers.
The first five chapters gives the reader a good insight into the history of Quantum Physics and to why classical mechanics was insufficient. Chapter 6 is an excellent overview of how to solve the Schroedinger Equation in a few specific cases, at the same time as the reader is given a very good "feeling" for how Quantum Mechanics works. The remainder of the chapters focuses on specific situations, applications and phenomena's.
There are plenty of books that use less mathematics, but I do not believe they give a good understanding of the topic. There are also plenty of books that uses a lot more complex mathematics, but they are not for beginners. I recommend this book as an introduction to Quantum Physics for undergraduate physics students, engineers, science professionals, and mathematically literate others.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on May 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am using Eisberg's and Resnick's text to review quantum physics. I am particularly impressed by the author's development of plausibility arguements for the mathematics before developing the mathematics itself. I found the first couple of chapters a bit laborious, but the succeeding chapters are very well-written. I was particularly impressed by the chapter on Schroedinger's Theory of Quantum Mechanics and the chapter on Solutions of Time-Independent Schroedinger Equations. I found the text particularly useful for self-instruction and review.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the reviewer who said that this book has too much commentary. That reviewer also said that he liked Griffiths better. Well it sounds to me like that reviewer was put in the same position as I was by having to use this book for a introductory QM course rather than the type of course it is suited for--a first course in modern physics or what some people refer to as quantum *physics* rather than mechanics.
I agree, Griffiths is much better for intro QM because that is what it was meant for. But who would use Griffiths for a modern physics course?
Aside from the fact that Eisberg and Resnick should not be used for a intro QM course, it is an excellent text that, in my opinion, is the best place to learn modern physics prior to undertaking a full-fledged undergraduate QM course. It does not have a treatment of special relativity, as most modern texts have, but I would still reccomend professors use this text for a modern physics course even if they have to introduce relativity via handouts and notes--it's just that good. The selection of problems is excellent and there are answers to selected problems in the back.
This text is also an excellent place to study for the GRE physics subject test in that the material in this book is probably the single most important material to know for the test besides classical mechanics and classical electromagnetism. There are very few typos also.
From the standpoint of a modern physics text, this is by far nothing close to being too verbose. It strikes a perfect balance between mathematical formalism and plain english explanations--which is a far cry from many modern texts that want to explain everything with words and leave the mathematics totally behind (take a look at Krane for instance!).
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Muzaffer Muctehitzade on December 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for introduction to Quantum Physics, especially for those who want to go into the subject step by step with an understanding of Physical concepts behind it. Most books I have seen basically are dry Mathematical Formulas which requires a lot to reading into formulas to get the real physical meaning behind those formulas. This book is perfect it tells you why certain things can not be explained by Classical Physics (Instead of simply stating that) and what assumptions are being made and where the problem was and therefore the Quantum Physics is there. It has numerous examples for you to see real applications and scales of the things. Everytime I opened the book I was so happy that I finally came across such a good book. I have no problem with the amount of verbatim in the book as some of the commentators had. I believe it is that feature of the book that makes it clear Physics book. Every line has a significance in the fundamentals of the subject.
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