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Quantum Mechanics
A Modern and Concise Introductory Course
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Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)
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© 2004
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)
By systematically covering both the Heisenberg and Schrödinger realizations, the book emphasizes the essential principles of quantum mechanics, which remain hidden within the usual derivations of the wave equation. Moreover, this presentation not only to covers the material which is traditionally presented in textbooks, but is also especially suitable for introducing the spin, i.e., the most important quantum observable. This emphasis on spin paves the way to a presentation of recent quantum-mechanical concepts such as entanglement and decoherence, and to recent applications including cryptography, teleportation and quantum computation.
From the reviews:
"Daniel Bes clearly understands that accuracy, clarity and brevity … . has therefore made a careful selection of the topics to make an accessible concise book on quantum mechanics for a modern introductory undergraduate course. The book has several good features. The claims that this is a modern textbook are well justified by the inclusion of … . the flow of the main ideas is not unbalanced by laborious detail." (Professor J. E. Carroll, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 46 (4), 2005)
"This book accomplishes all the goals implied by its title: it is ‘modern’, ‘concise’ and ‘introductory’. It is concise (just two hundred pages) but covers an extraordinary range of topics, from those typically found in traditional quantum mechanics textbooks … . All this is illustrated with examples that cover a wide range … . This book provides a large amount of information per page and the selection, extension and balance of topics is adequate for an introductory course." (Adán Cabello, Mathematical Reviews, 2005)
"The author has nicely made a systematic dual presentation of both the Heisenberg matrix mechanics and Schödinger wave mechanics … . This wonderful textbook will certainly be a valuable addition to the physics/chemistry library of a science college/university/institute." (Samir Saha, Indian Journal of Physics, Vol. 79 (12), 2005)
"This book is a very clear, comprehensive, concise, and updated introduction to quantum mechanics (QM). … Bes’ book has a great advantage over the other texts: it is updated with some of the most recent advances in quantum theory, including quantum computation and teleportation. The book is supposed to be suitable to undergraduate and first year graduate students. … The problems in the book are few but very stimulating. Besides, there are many figures, graphics, and tables, that really help the reader." (Adonai S. Sant’Anna, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1052, 2005)