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Quantum Mechanics in Simple Matrix Form (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – December 20, 2005
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Whilst the material would never make light bedtime reading, I would seriously recommend this book for both phyisicists and electronic engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level. The book has been a great source of information for my own research into the mysteries of quantum mechanics.
The subject gets interesting in the second half (chapters 8 to 27). It takes prior knowledge of quantum mechanics to appreciate! The book deserves 5 stars for a wonderful display of demonstration and historical references. It was a joy to read.
I was hoping for some elegantly simple explanation of a rather intense subject. I never found it. Instead, I got a fresh perspective and better appreciate the history of the subject. There is nothing simple about quantum mechanics, other than it's all about solving the eigen value problem . . . but keep that to yourself, it's a little secret!
However, as this book progresses it slowly reveals itself for what it truly is: a first book on the operator formalism in quantum mechanics, where commutation relations for observable quantities are promoted to central importance.
While I'm certain that students with only a very modest background in physics and mathematics will be able to get something out of this book at least in the early chapters, the last third of this book is more suitable for fairly advanced students of quantum mechanics looking to make their way from state vectors to operators as required by quantum field theory. To such students I would recommend already having The Principles of Quantum Mechanics (International Series of Monographs on Physics) under your belt.
This is ultimately a challenging book masquerading as an elementary one.
Though billed as a simple introduction to quantum mechanics for the mathematically unprepared, I don’t see it as such. Yes, the mathematical development is simple enough, the writing is crystal clear, the problems illuminate the text and exercise the beginner in the subject matter, yet were I to pick up this book and read it without already knowing much about quantum mechanics, I think I would walk away understanding little. The outcome would be better if read in conjunction with lectures based on the text. And this is the underlying scenario for clearly it is a course book. Still, I am not sure that I would “get it” even then.
But coming at this book with a background in physics I found it a good read. My conclusion is that this book is most accessible to people like me with some prior training in physics. Its accessibility to others will depend on the strength of their technical background or on their ability to reason, their fundamental curiosity and their determination to learn.
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Exactly the book I was looking for to help me tie-together the mathematics of quantum theory's wave and matrix mechanics. Lots of books deal with wave mechanics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lew. Robinson
This treatise, as far as I can tell, recreates the first version of quantum mechanics, the matrix method. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bottle Infrontofme
I am getting lazy because I use computer software to work out my matrices but this book is a keeper. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A great way to get a feel for Quantum Mechanics without needing several years of college math to understand it.Published on April 17, 2013 by Erik Harwell
The one star is not for the text, but for the quality of the paper and printing. Dover used to dependably print their technical books on good quality paper, but this book had... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by The Thinker
This book is intended to introduce quantum mechanics to beginners at the level of a Scientific American article. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Ulfilas
Very good !
The book helps the reader very well to understand the way of thinking that he needs to get to use when dealing with quantum mechanics. Read more