Rutgers University Department of
Physics and Astronomy
PHYSICS 501 - QUANTUM MECHANICS
Principal (required) text
- Principles of Quantum
Mechanics (2nd Edition), by R. Shankar.
- Sorry, it's a heavy book, but I find it to be the best
Other recommended books
- Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, by
J.J. Sakurai and J. Napolitano
- This is probably the best single alternative textbook for this
course. I prefer Shankar because it is more complete, but you
may wish to purchase this book as a second text and consult it
from time to time.
- Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J.J. Sakurai.
- This is an older version of the above. It is missing some
useful additions, such as the new Ch. 8 on relativistic
quantum mechanics and the Dirac theory.
- Quantum Mechanics, by E. Merzbacher.
- An old standby.
- Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, S. Weinberg
- Some interesting material, e.g, a good historical background
in Ch. 1, and a treatment of entanglement and quantum computation
in Ch. 12.
However, it has some ideosyncrasies, such as the avoidance of
the usual Dirac bra-ket notation.
- Quantum Mechanics, by A.S. Davydov.
- The only text I know of that has a decent description of
linear-response theory (Ch. XII).
- Quantum Mechanics, A Modern Development, by L.E. Ballentine.
- This is a slightly revised (1998) version of the original Ballentine
text published in 1990. It has a good discussion of some topics
related to the foundations of quantum mechanics such as
- The Quantum Challenge: Modern Research on the Foundations
of Quantum Mechanics, by G. Greenstein and A.G. Zajonc.
- It has sections on quantum measurement, quantum entanglement,
Bell's inequalities, and quantum computation.
- Quantum Mechanics and Experience, by D.A. Albert.
- This book explores the various different philosophical
interpretations of quantum mechanics that have been proposed
over the years, addressing questions such as the
interpretation of the measurement process and the connection
with human consciousness.
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