Lectures on Quantum Mechanics

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 1-12
  3. Pages 13-24
  4. Pages 45-64
  5. Pages 65-86
  6. Pages 113-141
  7. Pages 143-160
  8. Pages 161-177
  9. Pages 179-197
  10. Pages 199-228
  11. Pages 229-245
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 303-307

About this book


Beautifully illustrated and engagingly written, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics
presents theoretical physics with a breathtaking array of examples and anecdotes. Basdevant's style is clear and stimulating, in the manner of a brisk classroom lecture that students can follow with ease and enjoyment. Here is a sample of the book's style, from the opening of Chapter 1: "If one were to ask a passer-by to quote a great formula of physics, chances are that the answer would be 'E = mc2'. Nevertheless, the formula 'E=hV' which was written in the same year 1905 by the same Albert Einstein, and which started quantum theory, concerns their daily life considerably more. In fact, of the three watershed years for physics toward the beginning of the 20th century - 1905: the Special Relativity of Einstein, Lorentz and Poincaré; 1915: the General Relativity of Einstein, with its extraordinary reflections on gravitation, space and time; and 1925: the full development of Quantum Mechanics - it is surely the last which has the most profound implications for the development of science and technology. There is no way around it: all physics is quantum, from elementary particles, to stellar physics and the Big Bang, not to mention semiconductors and solar cells."

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure, Jean-Louis Basdevant is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique, and Director of Research for the CNRS. Specializing in the theoretical physics of elementary particles, quantum field theory and astrophysics, Prof. Basdevant works in the Leprince-Ringuet Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique.


astrophysics elementary particle field theory gravity hydrogen mechanics quantization quantum field quantum field theory quantum mechanics relativity semiconductor special relativity theoretical physics theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentÉcole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-37742-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-37744-5
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