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An Introduction to Quantum Theory 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521598415
ISBN-10: 0521598419
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'... [a] sound reliable text, suitable for students with the appropriate abilities and background.' Alastair Rae, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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This undergraduate textbook gives an in-depth introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics and their application to a wide variety of physical systems. This material is supported by introductory chapters on important early experiments, terminology, and relevant mathematics. It is further augmented by the inclusion of some advanced topics that help to convey the still-evolving nature of quantum mechanics. Over 150 figures and 450 end-of-chapter exercises enhance the up-to-date treatment of the subject. This undergraduate text can also be used for self-study or as supplement in graduate courses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521598419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521598415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,893,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't know why this wonderful textbook does not get more attention. Levin is more detailed and more formal than other introductory QM texts I have studied, e.g. Miller Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers (Classroom Resource Materials), Townsend A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, Das/Melissinos Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Introduction or poked my nose into online at Amazon or google books, e.g. Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition), Zettili Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications. I would personally classify it as an intermediate text, at least from the perspective of self-study, because the demands on the reader are substantial. It really is meant for serious students who want more quantum mechanics under their belts than provided by typical standard introductions. Because of its substantial breadth and depth, it's also a good reference and a useful supplement to other textbooks. The exposition is very clear. For very dedicated autodidacts, it is eminently suitable for self-study (but note that there are no solutions to exercises).Read more ›
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Levin's undergraduate book is very complete. A course like this would be an excellent foundation for a graduate course later on. If you've ever looked at gasiorowicz, which is also quite complete, it's like that plus all the words/explaination that G-wicz is missing. I highly recommend this book.
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I wasn't in the market for a quantum book, but happened to pass by this one at the store, and had to get it. First off the book is beautiful. They have done a great job making the text clear and visually comfortable, the equations read beautifully, and the book "feels" light for being over 700 pages (big pages).

Topic wise the book is very thorough. Both in the sense of many topics are covered and they are generally covered thoroughly and formally. I really think Levin does a great job of balancing rigor with clarity. Although I haven't made it all the way through the text, I've peeked ahead to several sections and been impressed with content. Likewise I haven't sat down with the pencil and paper and worked out the problems, but the problem sets I read through looked polished.

As far as complaints go, I've have a couple, generally mild -- ok this first one is actually pretty picky. The author uses the phrases "vis." and "quantal" all of the time. After a couple of days it became less annoying, but now I find myself saying quantal from time to time -- almost like getting a song stuck in your head.

The other complaint isn't really on my behalf, but on the behalf of a first time student. I think many of the early chapters don't get to "it" quick enough. The basic 1-d problems aren't really attacked until chapter 6, page 175. Everything before that provides motivation and formalism. I think that may be a little too far of a lead-in for the uninitiated student, so if its used in a intro QM class, the teacher probably shouldn't strictly follow the text's path.

Otherwise this book if fantastic. It goes above and beyond the content needed for a first year course, while keeping that content accessible.
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If you've been looking for THE quantum theory book for undergraduate studies, say "bingo" because you just found it. Some pretty serious problems in there, it'll satisfy all you people looking for challenges.
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