3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very hard going,
This review is from: Quantum Mechanics, Fifth Edition (Paperback)
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.