The Physics of Quantum Mechanics

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9780199688579: The Physics of Quantum Mechanics

The Physics of Quantum Mechanics aims to give students a good understanding of how quantum mechanics describes the material world. It shows that the theory follows naturally from the use of probability amplitudes to derive probabilities. It stresses that stationary states are unphysical mathematical abstractions that enable us to solve the theory's governing equation, the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. Every opportunity is taken to illustrate the emergence of the familiar classical, dynamical world through the quantum interference of stationary states. The text stresses the continuity between the quantum world and the classical world, which is merely an approximation to the quantum world.

The connections between observables, operators and transformations are clearly explained and the standard commutation rules derived from the properties of spacetime. A chapter is devoted to entanglement, quantum computation, density operators and their role in thermodynamics, and the measurement problem. Scattering phenomena, including the origin of radioactivity, are handled early on in the accessible context of one dimension, and at the end of the book with some rigour in three dimensions. Hydrogen and helium are discussed in some detail and it is shown that quantum mechanics enables us to understand the structure of the periodic table without engaging with the complexities of many-electron atoms.

Dirac notation is used from the outset and students are trained to move easily from one representation to another, choosing whichever representation is best suited to a particular problem. The mathematical prerequisites are no more than simple vector algebra, Taylor series expansion and the use of integrating factors to solve linear first order differential equations. Rigorous algebraic methods are preferred to the solution of partial differential equations.

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About the Author:


James Binney, Head of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford,David Skinner, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Cambridge

James Binney has degrees from the universities of Cambridge and Oxford and has studied in the Albert Ludwigs
Universitaet, Freiburg i. Breisgau. After three postdoctoral years in Princeton he joined the Physics faculty at
Oxford and has there taught courses ranging from first-year mathematical methods, through statistical physics,
quantum mechanics, general relativity, group theory and differential geometry and physics. He researches the
structure, formation and dynamics of galaxies. For this work he has received the Maxwell Medal and the Dirac
Medal from the Institute of Physics, the Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronomical Society and the
Eddington Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000. He is
joint author of Galactic Dynamics (Princeton UP 1987, 2008), Galactic Astronomy (Princeton UP 1998) and The
Theory of Critical Phenomena (Oxford UP 1992).

David Skinner obtained his PhD from Oxford Physics and took postdoctoral positions in Oxford Maths, Perimeter
and IAS before joining DAMTP, Cambridge. He is interested in quantum field theory, string theory and twistor
theory.

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"The extensive discussion of the physics behind the mathematical manipulations of the theory, coupled with the smooth, colloquial writing style and delightful historical footnotes makes this book somewhat unique in the field. It devotes large sections to the more modern topics of quantum computing and quantum measurement theory, which are active areas of current research. In addition, there is a copious selection of problems, at all levels of difficulty, which should prove extremely useful to anyone teaching the course."
-- Harold S. Zapolsky, Rutgers University


"Binney and Skinner's introductory book on quantum mechanics approaches the subject in a unique way, starting from the matrix representation of quantum physics rather than using the more traditional representation using differential equations. They show many problems that can be tackled using both representations and put them in such a text side-by-side. The text is very well written for the target audience of second or third year University students in Physics, Chemistry, or certain Engineering specialties and I would highly recommend it for anyone who might be considering teaching or tutoring such a course."
-- Brian Todd Huffman, University of Oxford


"This book is a deep, well-explained and beautiful text on the foundations and applications of quantum mechanics. It is eminently suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduates who wish to study the subject. Some precious jewels can be found within after building up the Direc representation of quantum mechanics: scattering theory and condensed matter applications, for example." -- Ben Allanach, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge


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