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An Introduction to Quantum Theory 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›