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Quantum Mechanics, Vol. 1 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 047116433X
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About the Author

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, born in Constantine (Algeria) in 1933, studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, where he received a postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1962. In 1973 he was accepted at the College de France, and in 1981 became a member of the Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on laser cooling of neutral atoms (together with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips). The method is relevant for the development of precise atomic clocks, which are used for positioning and navigation. His is currently affiliated to the Laboratoire de Physique at the Ecole Normale Superieure.
His textbook on quantum mechanics, written together with Bernard Diu und Franck Laloe, is one of the best-known timeless standard references in this field and is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 914 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (January 8, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047116433X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471164333
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book starts from scratch and works through every aspects of QM someone who studies QM is supposed to know. My advice would be to read every single line of this book, including the small print explanations and the complements. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn.
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A complete introduction of QM full of explainations and examples. Even though it might seem verbose to some advanced readers, it is well suited for the introductory level. The only drawback might be the organization which often requires you to do a lot of page-flipping ie."refer to equation 13 in complement H and example 4 in section 2 of chapter 8".
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This is, in my opinion, the best introductory book on non-relativistic quantum mechanics. It starts from the very basics, either on physical or mathematical aspects. It has a wonderful collection of worked out problems where one can really understand the lectures. It's also a great reference.
I just can't figure out Why it is so expensive. I believe I bought it 2 years ago by half the price. (First-hand). Anyway, a must have for every Physics student.
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The actual content of this book aside (which I have mixed feelings about), the binding of this edition is absolutely awful. The printers have decided to use "Perfect Binding" -- which sounds great -- but is actually the cheapest and worst binding you can use for on-demand printing.

Once you open the book to a page and try to lay it flat on a table, the pages separate from the glue and begin coming out almost immediately. I've already taped several pages back into my (3 month old) copy, and some classmates have had their books already completely separate in two. To make things even worse, you will not find any other (recently printed) versions of this book, as it's almost 40 years old and the publishers, Wiley-VCH, have decided to use this opportunity to price gouge graduate students.
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This amazing book gives a very good introduction into both physical and mathematical backgrounds of this somehow difficult subject. No further than undergraduate knowledge in maths and theoretical physics is needed to explore even tricky problems- the book gives you all the instruments you need.
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This has been one of the best physics texts that I have worked out of. I am not sure how well it will do as a reference, but the presentations of the material are complete and orderly. I am not sure that there is a way to make this material easy to access, but the authors did a lot to keep the book from adding to the frustration. The structure of the text is used well by the authors. I found that while I would often reference other sections of the book for added depth, I could do so after finishing a section. Said another way, I did not have to read the book with each finger and a few scrap pieces of paper holding multiple locations in the text so that I could piece together what was presented in the book.
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I own the original edition and learned QM from it. I had and still have OTHER QM books - but I really learned it from this book. It is very well written and basic concepts are front and center. The more complicated concepts are located at the end of each chapter but they are clearly denoted as additional concepts. I wish more books were written in this manner.
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This book along with volume 2, are a truly wonderful addition to my little library of quantum mechanics books. These books are not, however, for someone who wants to learn quantum mechanics for the first time. On that front I would suggest Griffiths. This book, however is an amazing reference book and higher level textbook.
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