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Lectures on Quantum Mechanics: Basic Matters [Paperback]

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"Basic Matters" is a first introduction to quantum mechanics that does not assume any prior knowledge of the subject. The emphasis is on the general structure as the necessary foundation of any understanding. Starting from the simplest quantum phenomenon, the Stern-Gerlach experiment with its choice between two discrete outcomes, and ending with one-dimensional continuous systems, the physical concepts and notions as well as the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics are developed in successive, manageable steps. The presentation is modern inasmuch as the natural language of the trade - Dirac's kets and bras and so on - is introduced early, and the temporal evolution is dealt with in a picture-free manner, with Schrodinger's and Heisenberg's equations of motion side by side and on equal footing.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 18, 2006
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812569715  
ISBN13  9789812569714  

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The Schwinger approach to quantum mechanics.  Dec 8, 2006
This is the first of 3 volumes (all independent according to the author):

Basic Matters:
A Brutal Fact of Life
Kinematics: How Quantum Systems are Described
Dynamics: How Quantum Systems Evolve
Motion along the x Axis
Elementary Examples

Simple Systems:
Quantum Kinematics Reviewed
Quantum Dynamics Reviewed
Orbital Angular Momentum
Hydrogen-like Atoms
Approximation Methods

Perturbed Evolution:
Basics of Kinematics and Dynamics
Time-Dependent Perturbations
Angular Momentum
External Magnetic Field
Indistinguishable Particles

Englert edited Julian Schwinger's posthumous Quantum Mechanics book. Englert's books seem to follow Schwinger fairly closely, though Schwinger's measurement symbols aren't used. Englert seems to have put some thought into actually teaching with this approach, which he's simplified, but not dumbed down.

After a brief chapter explaining why classical determinism must be abandoned at the quantum level, the book uses the example of Stern-Gerlach experiments to develop the mathematics of QM, a very satisfying alternative to the usual Olympian axiomatic approach.

This first volume covers about the same material as the first 2 chapters of Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics.

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