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Introduction to. Quantum Mechanics. David J. Griffiths. Reed College. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Editorial Reviews. Book Description. This widely-used and time-tested textbook is Support Advanced Search. Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Science & Math. This bestselling undergraduate quantum mechanics textbook is now available in a re-issued, affordable edition from Cambridge University.
According to the title the book is intended to be an introduction to quantum mechanics, but in fact it introduces the reader to wave mechanics. This is the story with many other introductory books on This book is so incredibly easy to read it's hard to believe it's a full-fledged quantum mechanics textbook with equations and everything. A lot of people whine about this book which essentially boils down to technical nitpicking. It's the most accessible way to really do Q. David J. Griffiths is a retired Professor from Reed College, Oregon, where he taught physics for over 30 years.
On page 1 he puts the student at ease with quotes from the masters. So relax, kid. Nobody gets it. You won't either. Just learn how to turn the crank and steer the wheel. This old jalopy will take you where you want to go without knowing what's under the hood. Nobody knows what's under the hood.
Once you get to where you're going, Griffiths tells you what quantum means in the last chapter. If you read this chapter in public, hold your shorts up, it might scare the pants off you. Nov 19, Burak rated it it was amazing Shelves: I understand the criticism of some readers towards the book, but I have looked at the alternatives offered and they did not do it for me at this stage.
This book is a "sweet spot" for me on the entire spectrum of books on the field. It is a great sweet first reading for many people like me, who have good technical and mathematical background say, due to having an advanced degree in a different field , and are curious about Quantum Mechanics.
Then a "layman" introduction doesn't do it been th I understand the criticism of some readers towards the book, but I have looked at the alternatives offered and they did not do it for me at this stage. Then a "layman" introduction doesn't do it been there and done that , and a deeper encounter with the field is possible. Yet, a more technically-oriented introduction can be too mind-bending. So, there is your my sweet spot. I believe this makes it a good introduction at the technical UG level as well.
Great textbook [but note that I haven't finished it yet: Dec 03, Evan Schultz rated it really liked it Shelves: As advertised, this is a decent Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. The progression of ideas in the book felt straightforward and linear and as a result it was easy to follow along and comprehend. The answers to all the questions in the book can be found readily online, which is a huge plus for anyone who is interested in working the problems in the book and making sure they are actually solving the problems correctly.
The book could have benefited from having a section in the beginning devoted to As advertised, this is a decent Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. The book could have benefited from having a section in the beginning devoted to mechanics of waves as a generic medium. The simplicity of the book is a boon but also a limitation and people looking for a more rigorous approach to the subject will need to find a more advanced textbook than this one.
Jul 30, Marinda Misra rated it it was amazing. We had this book for our quantum physics class in college, and it changed my life! Not in any significant moralistic way, but it showed me that you CAN write a good, readable, helpful textbook on a subject that is extremely hard to understand.
When he came to our college as a guest speaker the undergrad physics and astronomy club hosted a pizza lunch for him in the undergrad lounge, and then we asked him if he could sign our textbooks. He was kind of shocked and asked if we would like a reading We had this book for our quantum physics class in college, and it changed my life!
He was kind of shocked and asked if we would like a reading too. It is literally one of my treasures from my collage days that I will always keep. Plus the cover is hilarious! All in all this is quite a good book about quantum mechanics for begginers.
Everything that is covered is very well explained, and the examples all well chosen, and is organisation is logically consistent throughout the book. However, I feel that it is often incomplete, lacking further development into most topics covered, namely I wouldn't feel entirely capable of doing a physics exam with only this book as a guide, because it lacks some of the more direct applications of what he is developing.
Where his method excels is in the last chapter, that one is pure gold. Jan 31, John Igo rated it really liked it. I'm trying to reread all my old text books, this one is a great introduction to quantum mechanics.
My only issue with it is that it hardly touches projection operators, which are one of the most useful tools for problem solving in Quantum Mechanics. Turns out multiplying by 1 is far from trivial. I will need to go back and read 4. Jun 16, Alexander Temerev rated it it was amazing. What an excellent textbook. It is impossible to learn QM with only one text book, but this one is great nonetheless. Jan 02, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: The gateway book to the world of quantum mechanics, i.
May 09, Saurav Kantha rated it it was ok. If you want to really learn quantum mechanics, never pick this book up. Aug 29, Sean McLaughlin rated it really liked it. Good, but some of the concepts don't carry over as well to more advanced courses later. Feb 07, Bibi Francis rated it it was amazing. Excellent book for beginners.
Feb 11, Mayang Dwinta Trisniarti rated it it was amazing. Mar 23, Rizki Fitriansyah rated it it was amazing. Is the moon there when nobody looks? Jan 11, Heather rated it liked it.
Exists in a state of both memorable and boring. Apr 20, Eric Winter added it Shelves: 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 quantit Quantum Mechanics has a reputation for being one of the most esoteric topics in all of Physics.
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. The writing is clear and to the point, chapters and sections are self-contained and build on previous material in the book, there are plenty of worked-out examples, and the problems at the ends of the sections and chapters are designed to put the concepts and the material to its proper use.
All of the problems are well-formulated, and there is hardly any ambiguous wording anywhere. Some of the problems are extremely difficult, and can take many, many hours to work out.
Those should be attempted only by students who feel very comfortable with long calculus calculations. Most of us ended up using it more than the official textbook for the class or the professor's notes. I also relied a lot on this textbook for the concise and clear explanation of certain points when I was taking a graduate level Quantum Mechanics. Now that I am actually teaching this course I have used it as the primary textbook for my class and have been extremely satisfied with the decision.
No textbook, of course, is perfect and there are a few things that I would have liked changed about this one as well. It would be useful to have a list of important equations at the end of each chapter, with the explanation of what they are used for. Even though I appreciate its abstract and mathematical approach, many students would benefit from having more of real-world problems and explanations early on. It takes almost all of the semester to get to the first physical system that has any real-world relevance.
But other than these problems, I think this is a truly remarkable and great textbook, and it's likely to remain the paragon of good Physics textbooks for at least a few more decades. View 1 comment. Feb 23, Jeffrey Sung rated it really liked it. Great introductory textbook.
But needs to be supplemented by something more advanced for even the upper-division undergraduate level. For example, doesn't even cover the Method of Images. Or at least, didn't as of the 2nd Ed.
Jan 18, Adam Lantos rated it it was amazing.
The most accessible Quantum Mechanics book out there. Although accessible, it does not simplify things on most occasions. That being said, it does present some material with less mathematical detail than other treatments, but it does so only on occasions where this will not sacrifice understanding.
The writing style of the book makes reading it a breeze as it gives you a great vibe like it's a popular science book. That means that it is well-written! The author offers enough intuition behind the p The most accessible Quantum Mechanics book out there.
The author offers enough intuition behind the physics, but does not discuss various subtleties, such as those that occur when using the Hilbert space formalism Dirac's bra-ket notation rather than working with an explicit form of the wavefunctions using the coordinate basis, to be more precise.
But as an introductory textbook, someone shouldn't expect this, although it would be really cool if it alerted the reader about the subtle points of the formalism by using some easy examples, like that of the free particle. This is one of the best introductions to Quantum Mechanics, but certanly not THE best; in particular, I find Shankar's treatment to be better because it is as pedagogical as this but on a higher level roughly graduate, but still accessible. All in all, the great writing style, the intuitive explanations behind everything and the level of pedagogy of this textbook make it ideal for a first introduction to Quantum Mechanics.
According to the title the book is intended to be an introduction to quantum mechanics , but in fact it introduces the reader to wave mechanics. This is the story with many other introductory books on the subject, and as an introduction to wave mechanics this book is not that bad , although not excellent.
But wave mechanics is not the whole story: There are a lot of quantum systems the state of which can not According to the title the book is intended to be an introduction to quantum mechanics , but in fact it introduces the reader to wave mechanics. There are a lot of quantum systems the state of which can not be described by any kind of function. The educational tradition is that usually students are introduced to wave mechanics first, and then, if necessary, to more general and fundamental state vector formalism of quantum mechanics.
From my experience I even doubt that introducing quantum mechanics in such a way, i. Mathematical and Structural Foundations by C. This book was our set book for Quantum mechanics. Although the descriptions were good and the calculations were admittedly useful the main point against it was that a lot of the topic was relegated to the questions.
But you were left entirely on your own at this point as there were no solutions to the questions these were supplied in a separate book for academic staff only.
With the result that if you couldn't answer the question you were left with a gaping hole in your knowledge and probably This book was our set book for Quantum mechanics. With the result that if you couldn't answer the question you were left with a gaping hole in your knowledge and probably couldn't progress any further unless you had a fully supporting lecturer who had a lot of time for their students.
In the end I had to forget this book and look elsewhere. I tried many books with little luck until it was virtually too late, when I found the book by Zettili ISBN - a brilliant book that should have been the set text.
Nov 26, Martina rated it liked it Shelves: I was leisurely browsing through Griffiths the other day, only to realize that I've never reviewed it. Ah well. That's not entirely my fault, as my first quantum mechanical textbook was Sakurai, who was joined by others afterwards. Interestingly, Griffiths never got among my go-to books. That has nothing to do with the quality of the book.
Replacing a book cover- guideline question 6 40 Mar 13, Readers also enjoyed. Goodreads is hiring! If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. About David J. David J. Books by David J. Trivia About Introduction to Q No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Introduction to Q Using the right tool makes the job easier, not more difficult, and teaching quantum mechanics without the appropriate mathematical equipment is like asking the student to dig a foundation with a screwdriver.
This makes the book very accessible. The bad: While a step by step calculation makes it easy to follow, one often gets lost in details and misses the big picture.
This is not helped by the fact that the book shies away from the math of QM: linear algebra and the concise Dirac notation, which is introduced but quickly discarded.
The author takes the shut-up-and-calculate approach to the extreme like how standard freshman physics textbooks present QM. The formalism is not developed logically, and, overall, the book is very weak in formalism.
The many subtleties of postulates are never spelled out. Compare this to e. Symmetry and change-of-basis transformations only make a brief appearance as 2 and 3-star end-chapter problems which, according to the author's rating scheme, are difficult or peripheral problems and even there he still doesn't tell you that they are unitary matrices!
The use of the word spinors interchangeably with two-element column matrices does not help in the slightest. Two-element column matrices are two-element column matrices. Spinors are related to representations of rotation groups, to which Griffiths makes no connection.