© 2003

Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals


Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 1-25
  3. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 27-112
  4. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 113-164
  5. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 165-233
  6. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 235-266
  7. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 267-281
  8. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 283-334
  9. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 335-402
  10. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 403-435
  11. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 437-501
  12. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 503-537
  13. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 539-576
  14. Kurt Gottfried, Tung-Mow Yan
    Pages 577-606
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 607-621

About this book


This classic text provides a comprehensive exposition of the concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics. The phenomena treated are sufficiently simple to allow the student to readily assess the validity of the models so that attention is not deflected from the heart of the subject. To that end, the book concentrates on systems that can either be solved exactly or be handled by well-controlled, plausible approximations. With few exceptions, this means systems with a small number of degrees of freedom. The exceptions are many—electron atoms, the electromagnetic field and the Dirac equation. The inclusion of the last two topics reflects the belief that every physicist should now have some knowledge of these cornerstones of modern physics.

This new edition has been completely revised and rewritten throughout, but retains the clarity and readability of the first edition.

Born in Vienna, Kurt Gottfried emigrated to Canada in 1939 and received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955. He is a professor emeritus of physics at Cornell University, and had previously been at Harvard University and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the coauthor of Concepts of Particle Physics (with V.F. Weisskopf) and of Crisis Stability and Nuclear War. Gottfried has done research in both nuclear and particle physics; he has an active interest in arms control and human rights and is a founder and currently the Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Tung-Mow Yan, originally from Taiwan, received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Harvard University in 1968. He has been a member of the Cornell University faculty since 1970 after spending two years as a research associate at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He has conducted research in many areas of elementary particle physics.


Dirac equation elementary particle physics particle physics quantum mechanics relativistic quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Elementary Particle PhysicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals
  • Authors Kurt Gottfried
    Tung-Mow Yan
  • Series Title Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-95576-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-22023-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-21623-2
  • Series ISSN 0938-037X
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 622
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information 1st ed. was originally published by Benjamin, 1996, ISBN 0-8053-3332-0, now with Westview Press, ISBN 0-201-40633-0.
  • Topics Quantum Physics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site



"… [The first edition] has become one of the most used and respected accounts of quantum theory … Gottfried and Yan’s book contains a vast amount of knowledge and understanding. As well as explaining the way in which quantum theory works, it attempts to illuminate fundamental aspects of the theory … For use with a well-constructed course (and, of course, this is the avowed purpose of the book; a useful range of problems is provided for each chapter), or for the relative expert getting to grips with particular aspects of the subject or aiming for a deeper understanding, the book is certainly ideal."

PHYSICS TODAY (August 2004)

"…especially useful for graduate students and professors who have time to go beyond the bare essentials of a topic and explore it in depth… I would recommend the book for its lucid discussions of less familiar topics alone, but the authors do not short-change the standard subjects… I expect the second edition of Gottfried and Yan to join my library of well thumbed-through texts."

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The book under review offers the reader in-depth physical and mathematical understanding of quantum mechanics. The book is the second edition of Gottfried’s Quantum mechanics. … Readers’ anticipations have finally been rewarded by the second edition of the earlier book, which is a complete revision covering most of the topics and much more … . The appendix contains the values of important physical constants, some useful operator identities … . The end notes at the conclusion of each chapter contain many useful references." (Howard E. Brandt, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2007 f)