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Quirky Quantum Concepts
Physical, Conceptual, Geometric, and Pictorial Physics that Didn’t Fit in Your Textbook
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Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)
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© 2014
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)
Quirky Quantum Concepts explains the more important and more difficult concepts in theoretical quantum mechanics, especially those which are consistently neglected or confusing in many common expositions. The emphasis is on physical understanding, which is necessary for the development of new, cutting edge science.
In particular, this book explains the basis for many standard quantum methods, which are too often presented without sufficient motivation or interpretation. The book is not a simplification or popularization: it is real science for real scientists. Physics includes math, and this book does not shy away from it, but neither does it hide behind it. Without conceptual understanding, math is gibberish. The discussions here provide the experimental and theoretical reasoning behind some of the great discoveries, so the reader may see how discoveries arise from a rational process of thinking, a process which Quirky Quantum Concepts makes accessible to its readers.
Quirky Quantum Concepts is therefore a supplement to almost any existing quantum mechanics text. Students and scientists will appreciate the combination of conversational style, which promotes understanding, with thorough scientific accuracy.
From the book reviews:
“This is a very useful and interesting complement to any elementary exposition of quantum mechanics. … The book is written in a reader-friendly manner and explains the basis for standard quantum methods and also covers most of the unusual and challenging concepts in a course on non-relativistic quantum mechanics.” (Lech Jakóbczyk, Mathematical Reviews, October, 2014)
“This book reconsiders most all of the topics covered in an upper-division quantum mechanics sequence. … The author does a good job of giving deeper and broader conceptual and geometric discussions than those found in typical texts. … A useful resource for readers with the proper background who are seeking a better understanding of quantum mechanics. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), August, 2014)