© 1994

Principles of Quantum Mechanics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. R. Shankar
    Pages 1-73
  3. R. Shankar
    Pages 75-106
  4. R. Shankar
    Pages 107-113
  5. R. Shankar
    Pages 115-150
  6. R. Shankar
    Pages 151-178
  7. R. Shankar
    Pages 179-184
  8. R. Shankar
    Pages 185-221
  9. R. Shankar
    Pages 223-235
  10. R. Shankar
    Pages 237-246
  11. R. Shankar
    Pages 247-278
  12. R. Shankar
    Pages 279-303
  13. R. Shankar
    Pages 353-371
  14. R. Shankar
    Pages 373-401
  15. R. Shankar
    Pages 403-427
  16. R. Shankar
    Pages 429-449
  17. R. Shankar
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  18. R. Shankar
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  19. R. Shankar
    Pages 523-561

About this book


Reviews from the First Edition:

"An excellent text … The postulates of quantum mechanics and the mathematical underpinnings are discussed in a clear, succinct manner." (American Scientist)

"No matter how gently one introduces students to the concept of Dirac’s bras and kets, many are turned off. Shankar attacks the problem head-on in the first chapter, and in a very informal style suggests that there is nothing to be frightened of." (Physics Bulletin)

Reviews of the Second Edition:

"This massive text of 700 and odd pages has indeed an excellent get-up, is very verbal and expressive, and has extensively worked out calculational details---all just right for a first course. The style is conversational, more like a corridor talk or lecture notes, though arranged as a text. … It would be particularly useful to beginning students and those in allied areas like quantum chemistry." (Mathematical Reviews)


- Clear, accessible treatment of underlying mathematics

- A review of Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics

- Student understanding of quantum theory is enhanced by separate treatment of mathematical theorems and physical postulates

- Unsurpassed coverage of path integrals and their relevance in contemporary physics

The requisite text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition is fully referenced and is supported by many exercises and solutions. The book’s self-contained chapters also make it suitable for independent study as well as for courses in applied disciplines.


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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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`An excellent text....The postulates of quantum mechanics and the mathematical underpinnings are discussed in a clear, succint manner.' - American Scientist, from a review of the First Edition