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Group Theory: An Intuitive Approach

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A thorough introduction to group theory, this (highlyproblem-oriented) book goes deeply into the subject to provide afuller understanding than is available anywhere else. It aims not onlyto teach the material, but also to help develop the skills needed byresearchers and teachers. It is organized and written to serve as areference to provide a quick introduction of the subjects, giving theessence and vocabulary useful for those needing only some slightknowledge. As for those just learning, and especially for researcherstoo, this book provides some new material and a different perspectivenot available elsewhere. It is also an attempt to show that it ispossible for a book to be useful to many diverse groups (of people)simultaneously. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810233655
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810233655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first read Tinkham's book Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics thirty years ago, I found his treatment easy to follow. Mirman's book, however, is not as easy for me to digest. For me, the introduction of group character makes group theory appealing, understandable, and obviously powerful. Mirman, however, does not introduce the concept of group character until the middle of the book, while Tinkham introduces group character at the very beginning. Tinkham also uses the group of an equilateral triangle at the very beginning of his book and uses it to illustrate group character. Tinkham's book, in turn, is modeled on Wigner's Group Theory and Its Application to the Quantum Mechanics of Atomic Spectra. Although Mirman deserves credit for formulating a more original textbook (i.e. one substantially different from Wigner's), the result is a book that most beginners would find too detailed or abstract.

I should also say that I find the author's somewhat Socratic style of exposition rather distracting. Too many sections are punctuated with questions and problems that interfere with the flow of the narrative.

So here is the bottom line: if you are a physicist or physics student who is unfamiliar with group theory, read Tinkham. If you have already read Tinkham, Heine's Group Theory in Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction to Its Present Usage (Dover Books on Physics), or other books modeled on Wigner, you might benefit from taking a look at Mirman.
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The first thing to say: you need time to read this book. It is written in a "prosa"-style but nevertheless it covers a lot of topics. If you have never heard anything about group theory than that is your choise. It's not written in the pure algebraic-style but illustrates the subject with a lot of (common) examples.
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no details in it, just some questions and some inspirations. perhaps i do not read it thorough or whole book
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