Quantum Mechanics

it's not that bad

Lecture Notes:

Many professors put their lecture notes online. Some schools (Harvard for example) restrict access to these in vanity. More egalitarian minds prevail in many corners, however, and below is a minicompendium of some of them which I found helpful.

Quantum Theory I & II W. Taylor (MIT) - mostly handwritten, but note that MIT makes a point of making all such coursenotes available to the general public
Quantum Mechanics R. Littlejohn (Berkeley) - nicely compartimentalized
Advanced Quantum Mechanics F. Porter (Caltech) - lots of interesting example problems with solutions
Quantum Mechanics I, II & Advanced QM , Ted Barnes - Handwritten but well organized


Like all fundamental subjects, there are many books available about quantum mechanics. Some of those I have read are listed below.

Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude, Bernard Diu, and Franck Laloë, Quantum Mechanics, 2 vols. (1977). - Excellent undergraduate level introduction to the subject. It covers just about everything. Expensive.
Dirac, P. A. M., The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 4th ed. (1958). - a masterpiece of clarity. Excellent explanation from first principles up to a relativistic treatment of the electron. No problems.
Feynman, Richard, Robert Leighton, Matthew Sands, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. III (1965) - Good introduction from an experimental perspective. No Problems.
Griffiths, David J., Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, (1995). - a standard undergraduate text with lots of examples. Good, but just the basics.
Merzbacher, Eugen, Quantum Mechanics, 3rd ed. (1998). - a standard graduate level text, it nonetheless provides a good introduction to the subject for the mathematically experienced novice.
Pauling, Linus and E. Bright Wilson, Jr., Introduction to Quantum Mechanics With Applications to Chemistry, (1935). Good presentation of some subjects, but generally out-of-date. Few problems. Super cheap.


Bohr, Niels
Born, Max
Compton, Arthur Holly
de Broglie, Louis
Dirac, P.A.M.
Ehrenfest, Paul
Einstein, Albert
Fermi, Enrico
Feynman, R.P.
Griffiths, David J.
Heisenberg, Werner
Lorentz, Hendrik Antoon
Merzbacher, Eugen
Planck, Max
Schrödinger, Erwin

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