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Quantum Mechanics, Fifth Edition [Paperback]

Alastair I. M. Rae
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19 Sep 2007 1584889705 978-1584889700 5
For more than 25 years, Alastair Rae's Quantum Mechanics has been one of the most highly regarded textbooks in this area. From elementary atomic physics and mathematics, to angular momentum and time dependence, to relativity and quantum computing, the text shows how cutting-edge research topics of quantum mechanics have been applied to various disciplines.

Retaining the clarity of its predecessors, this fifth edition presents revised and updated material throughout the text. It offers a clear exposition of fundamental ideas, additional worked examples of the application of quantum mechanics principles to a range of physical problems, and more information on modern quantum information technology. This text was one of the first to include a substantial discussion of the conceptual and philosophical implications of quantum mechanics, which has been revised and extended in the fifth edition. Other topics covered include one- and three-dimensional Schrödinger equations, angular momentum, time-independent perturbation theory, time dependence, scattering, and relativity.

Cementing its reputation as an exceptional introductory textbook, Quantum Mechanics, Fifth Edition fully covers the concepts of quantum mechanics taught in an undergraduate physics course and provides the foundation necessary for other specialized courses.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 5 edition (19 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584889705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584889700
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The addition of this new material has added a further dimension to what was already an excellent undergraduate text. The material is very well written, logically presented and illustrated with relevant contemporary examples wherever appropriate. . . In summary, this is a first-rate and relatively inexpensive book that would be an extremely useful text for anyone studying or teaching quantum physics at the tertiary level. It would also be a valuable refrence for postgraduate students needing a reasonably solid understanding of quantum mechanics for their research in other fields. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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· New edition of best-selling textbook first published over 20 years ago, for a first course on quantum mechanics for physics, chemistry undergraduates.
· New chapters have been added on Relativistic Quantum Theory and Quantum Information; the latter includes discussions of quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation and quantum computing all of which have been front-line research topics during the last few years.
· The first edition was unusual for including a chapter on the conceptual and philosophical aspects of the subject. This has been largely re-written for the present edition so as to present an up-to-date account of work in this fascinating field.
· Earlier editions acquired a reputation for exceptional level of clarity of presentation. This has been maintained and extended in the present version with a more gradual introduction to the basic postulates and the inclusion of Dirac notation.
· Ideas are illustrated by up-to-date examples including scanning tunnelling microscopy, and the direct observation of the Bose-Einstein condensate.
· The book will be supported by a web page containing an up-to-date bibliography, colour versions of some of the illustrations and links to other relevant sites.
· Previous editions have sold around 1200 copies per year. The book is used widely for QM courses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I've given this book a 4 star rating because I used it heavily for exam revision and successfully learned the required material from it. Bear in mind though, that the book was designed for my course and was given by the author. There are two problems I have with the book. One is the amount of typographical errors in equations. This is bad, considering the book is in its 3rd revision and is meant to have been proof read by collegues. Consequently, I would not recommend using it where you do not have access to lecturers who can check any queries, unless you are a first class student who can confidently discern the errors. Secondly, Dr Rae swaps notation for angular momentum in a way that could be confusing. To put it as simply as I can, people reading the book who have some previous knowledge of the J=L+S relationship, may be confused when he uses L as TOTAL angular momentum in the earlier parts of the book, where one does not "officially" know about intrinsic spin and spin-orbit coupling etc. This leaves the reader wondering if another glaring error has been made. A consistent approach with J being used early would be best, with a note at the beginning giving a brief explanation and refering the reader to the more detailed discussion when sufficient groundwork had been completed. Also, Rae is fond of "...and clearly it can be seen that..." statements, which sometimes left me flicking back through the book to find which relationship he was invoking. Overall, this is a good book covering a wide range of undergraduate material at the right level. I think it's best suited to a 3rd year course. For those completely new to QM, it doesn't meet the bible status which I can attribute to "Quantum Physics of Atoms..." by Eisberg and Resnick (Wiley).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for my physics degree 18 Nov 2012
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The Quantum mechanics course on my physics degree is based around this book, so I needed it for that. This book is very useful and good at explaining the concepts involved and giving step by step examples of mathematical/physical problems. I recommend this book for anybody doing degree level quantum mechaincs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lawyers got at it! 30 Jun 2007
I own a 3rd edition of this book. Its coverage of introductory QM is excellent and the explanations are clear. What is missing in the latest edition is the set of pithy reviews of other texts that Rae recommends- hence my comment in the title.

The chapter on relativistic equations -Dirac's -lacks perspective and does not take one through the discussion of its explanation of the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum. For this one needs the chapter entitled "relativistic wave equations" in Schiff's text Quantum Mechanics .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book with updated material 13 July 2002
This book is not only fun to read, but contains the latest material on quantum computation, quantum teleportation, and the debate over the concepts of quantum mechanics. The text is clear and sharp. Written for undergraduate students, it can be read by anybody with college math (calculus, etc.). The beauty of quantum mechanics as exposed here will certainly make sure that you will read it nearly cover to cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fuzzy at times 14 Mar 2014
By Nanaki
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Good book for getting to grips with a lot of quantum mechanics and is the go to book for many courses. Covers the topic brilliantly, gets concepts into your head really well and is quite rigorous with mathematics. However it does require alot of prerequisite mathematics. Other books I have read explain different functions and reasoning as they go along. I did not find that this book did that, so it lets its self down. Be ready to come un stuck with some obsolete trig identities you learn't a few years ago.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very hard going 28 Aug 2013
Right from the beginning, this book displays some of the best and worst traits of physics textbooks. Best features - it is VERY compact, to the point of being impenetrable. Complex topics are reduced to a few pages of terse and authoritative explanation. If you are already familiar with Quantum Mechanics then this could be an excellent reference. Worst features - this is a subject that can only be understood properly through a good understanding of the mathematics, but there is no attempt to introduce the reader gradually, and the first few pages could well put newcomers off for life. Phrases along the lines of 'thus it can be seen that ...' and 'after some rearrangement ...' and 'clearly, it can be seen that ...' occur frequently through the book. If I were to compare this style with the clear and lucid approach to topics in Stroud's 'Engineering Mathematics' series, or Fleisch's 'A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations', or by the very approachable introductions to Quantum Mechanics on the Hyperphysics site, then this book doesn't score well. There's no need to make this fascinating subject quite so unapproachable. It's a book written by a very knowledgeable author, designed to be understood by the already-knowledgeable or by those who are prepared to do some additional reading to get through it. As long as you buy it with that understanding, you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable text 7 April 2005
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This is an informative and enjoyable book which does a good job of introducing the reader to the elegance of quantum mechanics. It is concise and digestible with a good development of the topic from fundamental principles upwards. I think that the previous comment about functional analysis somewhat misses the point that this aims to be an introductory text. Infact I would say that it makes a good precursor to this topic and other more advanced ones.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition doesn't work on my Kindle Touch or Android APP!!!
Great book for learning Quantum Mechanics, I have a paperback edition (five stars for that). I wanted a Kindle edition to read on the run, BUT BEWARE! Read more
Published 10 days ago by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for now
Good price, necessary for my QM course. Difficult to understand, but best of the options out there. Good price.
Published 2 months ago by Doza Rocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking detail
Following the good old english academic tradition... book is short in detail, lacking proper explanations in 'obvious` mathematical derivations, physical deductions, and... Read more
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Am studying the above course at university, this is the only book I need for undergraduate study of quantum mechanics
Published 7 months ago by lesley linton
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful adjunt to quantum library
As a novice it is very difficult to understand anything between simplistic presentations and complex maths. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cunlij
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful for studying QM
well written and compliments my lectures well, although it would not replace lectures as it skips steps in derivations.
Highly recommend
Published 22 months ago by Christopher Heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Mechanics 5 th edition
This product was recommended by my college for the course i am undertaking. On an initial look the book appears to be understandable and not set at too high a level.
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by alan p
5.0 out of 5 stars An infinite square well of knowledge.
Absolute life-saver.
Satisfyingly compact.
Well complimented by cigarettes and orange juice.
Remember to take time out from reading to interact with normal people.
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by MAE-MAE
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When I ordered the book, it quickly arrived and was in excellent condition. It explains all the main points very well (despite the occasional typos), so I am very pleased with the... Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by Amazon626
1.0 out of 5 stars Vague
The topics are present without any physical insight.
Reading it is one of the best ways of loosing all possible interest one may
have on quantum physics.
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Fox
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