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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Pie) [Paperback]

David J. Griffiths
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1 May 2003 0131911759 978-0131911758 2

For one-semester/-year, junior-/senior-level courses in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Chemistry.

This text first teaches students how to do quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it means. Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. Two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles an arsenal of approximation schemes with illustrative applications.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131911759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131911758
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It successfully teaches you! 17 Feb 2009
Despite being an introductory book (but hey, it's what its title says!), Griffiths delivers Quantum Mechanics in a comprehensible way.
Even if you're not the most knowledgeable in math or physics, this book takes you step by step and manages to really make you understand things along the way with clear explanations and calculations. It even has some humour along the way to keep things pleasant.
I'm a physics college student and I had tried to learn QM with several books before which fail to do it (especially the one by Gasiorowicz) because they omit passages or simply assume the calculations are obvious, which they're not, usually, unless you already know the subject. And if that's the case, a book with "Introduction to" is not what you need, and I'm sure you can find more advanced textbooks.

The only flaw I can find is that there aren't as much worked examples as you might want, but Griffiths specifically says in the book that you can't learn quantum mechanics without working most of the problems on your own. Still, this can be solved if you find the "Solutions Manual", by Griffiths himself, elsewhere...

Griffiths also has a book on Classical Electrodynamics and Particle Physics, both very good and totally recommended.

In short: even if you're not a genius but want to learn QM this is an excellent choice, you'll be able to learn it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best quantum mechanics book 13 Sep 2009
By Daniboy
Of all the Quantum Mechanics books I've gone through, this one is by far the best so far. But even without comparing it to other books, it just is a very good QM book. Everything is explained in a logical order, and the difficulties and misconceptions that crop up in your head after reading a hard passage are very often addressed immediately in the sentence after, by the author asking those questions himself and then answering them in a very conversational manner (then sometimes creating a highly useful dialogue of questions regarding the answer etc. that quickly lead you to the very root of the misunderstanding, and teach you loads along the way). Often I found myself grinning while reading this, as the way things are explained are so amazing and you see so many connections that it becomes an almost exhilirating read.
This book pretty much taught me quantum mechanics, and I've gone back to it very often to look up useful pages I had marked (I'm finishing my master's in theoretical physics now).
It's an amazing quantum mechanics book, and I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to study the subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Physics Textbook 22 Oct 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Quantum Mechanics has a reputation for being one of the most esoteric topics in all of Physics. This reputation is largely well deserved, and it has it source in two aspects of Quantum Mechanics that make it particularly hard to understand. Conceptually, Quantum Mechanics puts to test some of our most deeply engrained intuitions about the Physical world. Such notions as the reality of the world apart from our attempts to observe it, causality of events, ability to measure all of relevant quantities at the same time, and localization of physical object are all put to the extreme test. On the other hand the mathematical machinery and sophistication that is required for understanding even some of the simplest quantum mechanical systems is rather daunting. Quantum Mechanics is usually one of the last undergraduate classes that Physics majors take, usually in their junior or senior year, after they have acquired a certain level of mathematical maturity and sophistication. There is a school of thought that posits that the conceptual subtlety of Quantum Mechanics can only be appreciated once the mathematical background is fully mastered. I happen to subscribe to that school of thought, and in my opinion Griffiths' textbook is the surest and the most straightforward path to acquiring the requisite knowledge and mathematical skills for the fullest understanding of Quantum Mechanics. This should definitely not be the first exposure that one gets of the Quantum Mechanics, but those students who are already familiar with some basic problems and results can benefit greatly from this textbook. In fact, in my opinion this is the best overall science textbook. Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant go wrong 24 Mar 2009
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I have already two books from the same author, and i just enjoy so much his style. His approach to QM, diferentiating between doing QM and understanding QM, is unique and very effective (In a pedagogical sence). I highly recomend this book, and i have no bad reviews so far.
I just can tell that its a good book, and for an introduction to the subject its the right one.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! Well done! 23 Feb 2006
Griffiths is one of my favourite authors, and this book is really a masterpiece, the best on the market about quantum mechanics. True, there is no historical introduction, the experiment that led the birth of the quantum theory are not described, but the classification of the material (theory and applications plus a very interesting afterword) is very well done, there is no aspect of quantum mechanics that is left out, and the exercises are very challenging and interesting. It is one of the books I use the most.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review
The book was of poor quality and looks nothing like it did in the image above. The pages are very fragile and the cover was damaged
Published 28 days ago by Peter Strain
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything suddenly makes sense!
When you're a struggling university physics student, you need a clear explanation to be handed to you and fast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I have Griffiths books on EM theory, particle physics and this one.

All three are outstanding in terms of clarity of explanation. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr G
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Would definately reccomend this book. Clear presentation and not overcomplicated notation. Coming from a maths background, the physics of the maths was well explained.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars The best physics textbook written, so far.
This is the standard that all other theoretical physics texts should measure themselves against. It is excellent for the student studying QM for the first time and a joy to read... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. P. P. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Self study
I am finding that this book is excellent for self study, I need a book that gives you all the necessary detail, thats written in a friendly style. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introductory work by a great writer
I have little to add to all the other positive reviews, save that this book is also a suitable ground-work for introducing QM in philosophy of physics courses (undergrad), too. Read more
Published 21 months ago by malreux
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introductory Book
This book contains the basics of quantum mechanics is a good introduction to the subject. It is clear and understandable, however I do feel some subject areas maybe lacking.
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Will C
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