- Paperback: 900 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 4 edition (August 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805387145
- ISBN-13: 978-0805387148
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Careful and detailed explanations of challenging concepts, and comprehensive and up-to-date coverage in this best-selling quantum mechanics book, continue to set the standard in physics education. In this new edition, a new chapter on the revolutionary topic of of quantum computing (not currently covered in any other book at this level) and thorough updates to the rest of the book bring it up to date. For anyone interested physics or quantum mechanics.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Liboff received his Ph.D. in Physics from New York University in 1961 and was appointed to the Physics department at the same university upon graduation. He came to Cornell University in 1964, where he is presently a Full Professor of Applied Physics, Applied Math, and Electrical Engineering. He has served as visiting professor at numerous universities and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1984 in support of a Visiting Professorship of Physics at Tel Aviv University.
He has written over 100 scientific articles and has authored four textbooks. His research specialties include condensed-matter theory, kinetic theory, applied math, and elements of astrophysics.
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The book typically buries "the point" of it's explanations at the end of pages of abstract and difficult math. No doubt about it, abstract and difficult math are unavoidable in teaching quantum mechanics, but by presenting "the point" early, it would give the student much needed guidance as they slog through the hard parts.
I first took quantum mechanics as an undergrad in 1978. I bought this copy to tutor my son through his college quantum mechanics class. I realize that it must be tough to write a good textbook on the subject, but there must be something better than this.
FYI LIBOFF: I have a more than sufficient background in mathematics teach me some physics! For those of you unfortunate enough to have this as assigned reading for an undergrad QM course I recommend supplemental material from Kroemer and/or Miller:
Quantum Mechanics For Engineering: Materials Science and Applied Physics by Herbert Kroemer (1994)
Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers by David A. B. Miller (2008)
I think the level of this book is a little higher than that of Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)). The book starts with a review on classical mechanics and a survey of the history of quantum mechanics. Then the postulates of quantum mechanics, operators and Dirac notation are introduced. This is a more formal introduction of quantum mechanics. If you have just finished a course on Modern Physics, and you are moving to your first formal course on quantum mechanics, you will probably find that Griffiths is a better textbook because it starts with Schrodinger equation as a differential equation. Liboff presents a steeper learning curve because it starts with the formalities of quantum mechanics, which is not quite easily understood at the beginning. I recommend using Griffiths as a first textbook, and use Liboff in a second course on quantum mechanics. It is a matter of taste though, as I think some students like postulates and formalities all laid out clearly at the beginning. If you are using Griffiths as the textbook, you can use Liboff as a reference because certain topics are missing in Griffiths and some physics are explained pretty well in Liboff. In particular, I like Liboff's discussion on good/bad quantum numbers and the matrix representation of quantum mechanics. The corresponding discussion in Griffiths is really lacking.
My main complaint regarding Liboff is that some sections seem to be out of context, in particular the last few sections in chapter 7, 8 and 11. For example, in chapter 11 about matrix mechanics, it seems like everything having a matrix is being thrown into this chapter. This makes the topics difficult to understand because they are not placed in the right context. I believe these sections were not originally there, but were added when the book was revised. It would be a lot better if some of these sections can have their own chapters, for example the WKB approximation can be expanded into a chapter on semi-classical approach, and there can be a focused chapter on the quantum mechanics of solids and semiconductors.