Rutgers University Department of
Physics and Astronomy
PHYSICS 502  QUANTUM MECHANICS
BOOK LIST
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
choice overall.
Secondary (optional) text

 Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J.J. Sakurai.
 This has often been used as a text for this course in the past, but
I find it a bit too terse.
Other recommended books

 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
Bell's Theorem.
 Quantum Mechanics, by A.S. Davydov.
 The only text I know of that has a decent description of
linearresponse theory (Ch. XII).
 Quantum Mechanics, by E. Merzbacher.
 On old standby.
 Quantum Mechanics, by A. Messiah.
 Seems quite oldfashioned nowadays, but still has some good stuff.
 A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, by J.S. Townsend.
 Intersting text but with somewhat ideosyncratic order of
presentation of topics.
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