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Quantum Mechanics (Pure & Applied Physics) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070552876
ISBN-10: 0070552878
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  • Series: Pure & Applied Physics
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 3 edition (June 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070552878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070552876
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By James H. McDuffie on September 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I studied quantum mechanics I found this to be a much better book than Merzbacher. It is short and to the point without leaving out too much. Just the essentials. However, I do believe there are better books out there today and there are gaps in the treatment in this book. For instance it is not as strong on the Dirac representation as it should be. I have come to the realization that it is best if the various representations are presented in depth in the first quantum mechanics course rather that being scattered thoughout graduate study or not even covered. Nevertheless, when I wanted a good solid treatment of a subject that was vague or glossed over in the other books this is where I came. Next was the literature.
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By A Customer on March 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is very difficult to find a better book than Schiff's for a student studying physics. I always think, different kind of book has different goal, even they deal with the similar problem. Dirac's "principle"is a very good expert's book; Landau's "QM" is a reference for a better understand of QM after a good understand; Schiff's gives you the enough knowlege to do further whatever you are interested in, and the knowlege is shown by Schiff in a lucid and concise way, the second edition has only 417 pages, anyone else will write over 600 pages if he wants to cover the same material. From this book you can get the necessary knowlege without trying so hard as you do from Dirac or Landau's, for me I think I learnt more from Schiff than the sum from the Dirac and Landau. Yes, Schiff can't make you an expert in any field(nobody can except youself), but he leads you the first step. If you are a student, is it just what you need?
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This is definitely my favorite quantum mechanics book. It's clear, concise, and Schiff has an uncanny way of making an entire difficult concept clear in only 1-2 sentences. I've sometimes spent hours struggling over a topic in another book, and then opened Schiff and been amazed to have all my confusion cleared up in a single sentence. In my opinion, the strongest part of this book is not so much in explaining *how* do to something (most decent books cover this -- it's mostly just math, anyway), but is in allowing one to see the logic behind everything that's going on.
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This is a great textbook and contains a lot of
information . The presentation is excellent and
presents the subject in a serious objective way.
Starts off with schrodinger's equation then the
equation is solved for bound states and collision
theory . The matrix formulation and symmetry in
Quantum theory is very well presented moving on to approximation methods etc .

I read this book and found it wondefully
satisfying .
Much attention is paid to physical implications
of the equations .
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If anyone is just interested in simply reading this book, as apposed to purchasing a hardcopy, it is also available online for download.
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PBS NOVA references Leonard I Schiff as expanding and making noted progress with Einstein's theories.

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This was my first real Quantum Mechanics book (I had previously read Volume III of the Feynman's Lectures on Physics). I discovered it after trying to read Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Bjorken & Drell, and their reference to Schiff's book for a Quantum Mechanics reference. The book is excellent, but has one flaw - it is not very well organized - has some very long chapters, and frequently it is difficult to find a particular calculation especially in the long perturbation chapters. Today I might recommend other more modern QM books, such as Shankar or Ballentine, and especially Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for a second go through.
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Legend tells that Leonard Schiff, while learning quantum mechanics from J. R. Oppenheimer, produced a careful set of notes which eventually became the first edition of this text. Soon followed a second, which was, for a long time, the unanimous choice of QM text-book in English. The third introduced things like group theory, a little of what was then called formal scattering theory (Lippman-Schwinger equation), and other new things. Schiff's text was a minimalist one, in the sense that you found everything, but in a very compact, no frills style. A teacher was required. The ratio of words to formulas was quite small. It entirely dominated the panorama. I, studying by myself, tried very hard, but could not understand, for instance, his treatment of perturbation of degenerate levels. Neither could I understand the infamous "box of very large dimensions" where the systems with a continuous spectrum were trapped so that their spectra became discrete. Even less cou! ld I acquire the much desired "global view" of quantum mechanics. I was very unhappy with Schiff. Someone suggested Bohm's textbook for me, but, at that moment, it seemed too leisurely paced for my impatience. Then I hit upon the newly arrived English translation of Landau, Lifshitz, "and all was Light". Nowadays I think there is no more place for "ole Schiff", but I must confess some of my colleagues still swear by their second edition, with the famous greenish McGraw-Hill cover. Well, I must recognize that the Dirac equation treatment was quite good, and that you could trust the equations as they appeared in the text: almost no typos.
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