- 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
1. Time independent perturbation theory - The justifications for the derivation steps that lead to degenerate case are terrible. The place I learned degenerate perturbation method is from Fayer (Elements of Quantum mechanics).
2. Addition of angular momentum - For a beginner whom has never seen this done, just reading that section about addition of angular momentum, I don't believe one would walk away with anything but confusion. This section seriously needs some rewriting.
1. Very complete! This means pretty much anything that one would encounter in undergrad quantum mechanics course is included here, in contrast to Griffith whom enjoys making you work through the exericses and have you arrive the results yourself. Having said that, this is a great book for reference.
2. For 3-D problems, there are many nice tables in the chapter that summarize all the important functions such as Neumann, Hankel, Legendre...etc. Furthermore, many commonly used spherical harmonics functions contained in a giant table is included. Once again, this makes it a great reference book as well.
3. Some harder exercises in the book contain answers or partial answers. The problems are not too hard which allows one to build confidence through solving theml
4. Includes a bonus chapter on quantum computing and a chapter on relativistic quantum mechanics which are both RARE things to be found in introductory textbooks.
5. One BIG chapter devoted to real-world applications...this is usually lacking in physics curriculum!!
Conclusion: As it is with any book out there, there are always good things and bad things about the book, however, there are significantly more good things I can say about this book than its shortcomings....Therefore, BUY this book to learn Quantum!
Edit: 12/2004 - Again I find that with the passage of time wisdom and experience gives one perspective. Ironically, even though I was initially turned off by this book, I often use it as a reference. It is an excellent text to accompany both Griffiths' intro book and Merzbacher. Not a great text for a course, but then again.... what quantum text *is* a good book for a quantum course?