A list of books for understanding the non-relativistic QM — Ajit R. Jadhav’s Weblog

I really like that this post points out that QM is vast, and that it takes a prolonged, sustained effort to learn it. I also like that it explicitly recommends chemistry books. My own first exposure to the photoelectric effect (before university and before my physics teacher at school had even mentioned quantum) was from an introductory chemistry book by Linus Pauling.

TL;DR: NFY (Not for you). In this post, I will list those books which have been actually helpful to me during my self-studies of QM. But before coming to the list, let me first note down a few points which would be important for engineers who wish to study QM on their own. After all, […]

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1 Response to A list of books for understanding the non-relativistic QM — Ajit R. Jadhav’s Weblog

  1. Ajit R. Jadhav says:

    I am happy that you appreciated my post to the extent that you even blogged about it; I really appreciate it. 🙂

    Well, I was just jotting down (almost completely on the fly—and at too much length, as it turned out), what _actually_ worked by me, in contrast to what “should have.” And among the things which worked for me, going through the chemistry books certainly was one of the most important aspects. It was only when I went through McQuarrie that I began to build some good confidence…

    Self-study is different from studying from a teacher in a class-room. Perhaps even more importantly, studying all in isolation with no one to talk to is categorically different from learning with some 10–50 (or even more) class-mates, any one of whom you can always catch at any time to ask doubts, or work out things together….

    Another point, what they teach in physics programs is different from the background of the other graduates (like engineers). That’s why, the best or the most suitable texts to follow also happen to be different. May be if I were to be a student majoring in physics in a university, I would have found some other texts to be suitable. But that, actually, was not the case, and I was writing only about my own experience, my own understanding. So, I just wrote what worked by me.

    Just one more point. Though I did mention this point, I should have emphasized it even more, namely, that I still have _not_ finished all the books from my list, especially the more advanced ones. It is just that I _have_ read a good deal of them, and I find them neat. In any case, the books I list are the ones I am confident I could definitely come to finish. There were any number of other books on QM (with reportedly excellent credentials) which I did try, but which _I_ couldn’t hope to finish.

    Anyway, thanks again!

    Best,

    –Ajit

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