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Quantum Physics, Third Edition 3rd Edition
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Assigning this book for an introductory course in QM is like the high school teacher who forces his students to read Faulkner. William Faulkner is one of the greatest writers in recent American history, but one needs a strong foundation in read literature to read him, understand him, and finally find the beauty in his writing. Quantum Mechanics is like that. There are three steps to "understanding," being able to read it, grasp it, and finally understand and find beauty in it. Gasiorowicz tries to come in on the third step, ignoring any Pedagogy whatsoever. One cannot just step into quantum physics and immediately find beauty in it.Read more ›
I suggest a combination Liboff for a rough idea of quantum and then Griffiths for an excellent and beautiful grasp of the concepts (introductory level of course.)
P.S. - You just have to get over Griffiths placing the Schrodinger equation on the first page and then you're off.
book written at their school. (Cornell = Liboff, Liboff is at Cornell). Caltech uses Liboff too, but in a Freshman course. The junior course at Caltech, phys98, uses Merzbacher and Cohen-Tannoudji. I think the reason that it is used is that it is succinct and covers alot of ground. It is an undergraduate equivalent to the famous book by Schiff, a book that the best students will like because of its efficiency and elegance, but one that will be frustrating for students who are not well prepared, it is demanding, it requires you to be able to fill in some steps. I find the problem sets are quite good, and drag you through a lot of situations. I find that filling in the gaps in his calculations isnt overly difficult and is helpful. I really like all the applications in the second part of the book. It is true that Gasiorowicz expects you to be able to transfer information from examples that are not the same as the problems in the problem sets, there are no plug and chug problems of the type found in undergrad engineering books, Gasiorowicz assumes this is not needed. Think of this as training to wean you from such crutches, believe me, if you think Gasiorowicz is demanding, JD Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, the near universal text for grad physics E&M, will crush you.
The best introductory text in my opinion is the book by Zettili. It works through a lot of the tough algebra for you which is necessary in understanding the material, and has many worked examples.
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Firstly, I must point out that my review is based on the 1974, first edition (514 pages); although a comparison
of available information of the third edition via publisher... Read more
Gasiorowicz is somewhat of a dry writer and doesn't exactly make the subject all that interesting. However, this edition is significantly better than the 3rd edition (which cuts... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Luke S
If you master it you will have a better knowledge of the entire subject. Pay the required time to master it and you will be gratefull to Gasiorowicz.Published on February 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a tough book to read off the page. Solution manual for this is available online as a free .pdf.Published on January 18, 2013 by rita denomme
The author glosses over things without even hinting that there may be details missing. While the book does offer decent explanations on certain topics, it downright ignores... Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Doberman
Owning 3 Intro Quantum text books (I like to use various resources when studying), this book is by far the worst (not only Quantum, but physics in general) book I have ever... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Taylor J. Lightsey
First, in defense of the text, there is a focus on the physically interesting material, while extraneous mathematical stuff has been skipped. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Christopher Merck
We used this book in college, but it was unpopular.
I just checked the table of contents of the new edition, and it's gotten out-of-date. Read more