- Hardcover: 375 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107028728
- ISBN-13: 978-1107028722
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Steven Weinberg, a Nobel Laureate in physics, has written an exceptionally clear and coherent graduate-level textbook on modern quantum mechanics. This book presents the physical and mathematical formulations of the theory in a concise and rigorous manner. The equations are all explained step-by-step, and every term is defined. He presents a fresh, integrated approach to teaching this subject with an emphasis on symmetry principles. Weinberg demonstrates his finesse as an excellent teacher and author."
Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News
"Overall, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics must be considered among the very best books on the subject for those who have had a good undergraduate introduction. The integration of clearly explained formalism with cogent physical examples is masterful, and the depth of knowledge and insight that Weinberg shares with readers is compelling."
Mark Srednicki, University of California, Santa Barbara for Physics Today
"Perhaps what distinguishes this book from the competition is its logical coherence and depth, and the care with which it has been crafted. Hardly a word is misplaced and Weinberg's deep understanding of the subject matter means that he leaves no stone unturned: we are asked to accept very little on faith... it is for the reader to follow Weinberg in discovering the joys of quantum mechanics through a deeper level of understanding: I loved it!"
Jeff Forshaw, University of Manchester for CERN Courier
"An instant classic...clear, beautifully structured and replete with insights. This confirms (Weinberg's) reputation as not only one of the greatest theoreticians of the past 50 years, but also one of the most lucid expositors. Pure joy."
Graham Farmelo, Times Higher Education Supplement
Steven Weinberg demonstrates his exceptional insight in this concise introduction to modern quantum mechanics for graduate students. Ideally suited to a one-year graduate course, this textbook is also a useful reference for researchers. It covers many topics not often found in other texts on the subject and features end-of-chapter problems.
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1.) Weinberg never loses sight of the physics. Too many texts get deeply involved in the mathematical formalism and lose sight of the physics. This leads to much confusion.
2.) The clarity of the exposition is unsurpassed. I believe this is because he emphasizes physics and not mathematics, which stays in its proper place in the background.
3.) One minor point. He doesn't favor the Dirac notation. At first I was put off by this, but it was a simple matter to go back and forth in the notations, so it's not really a significant problem.
4.) He relies heavily on symmetry, the great unifying principle behind all of physics. This really ties everything together in a beautiful way.
5.) He gives just enough of the history behind quantum mechanics that one can appreciate how it was developed. He still gives a complete axiomatic account, but I think it is important for the student to understand that this is not how the subject was developed.
6.) I am hoping this text will provide an entree into his quantum field theory texts. The great difficulty in learning quantum field theory is the gulf that exists between it and non relativistic quantum mechanics. To many students it seems as if they are starting over. Hopefully, this text, with its emphasis on symmetry principles, will ameliorate that difficulty.
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1. This is not a textbook--it's a little more
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