Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

by Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman


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From the bestselling author of The Theoretical Minimum, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics.

First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.

In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Theoretical Minimum, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Unlike other popularizations that shy away from quantum mechanics' weirdness, Quantum Mechanics embraces the utter strangeness of quantum logic. The authors offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement, and particle and wave states, among other topics, and each chapter includes exercises to ensure mastery of each area. Like The Theoretical Minimum, this volume runs parallel to Susskind's eponymous Stanford University-hosted continuing education course.

An approachable yet rigorous introduction to a famously difficult topic, Quantum Mechanics provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465062904
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: Theoretical Minimum Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 96,060
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leonard Susskind has been the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University since 1978. He is the author (with George Hrabovsky) of The Theoretical Minimum, as well as The Black Hole War and The Cosmic Landscape. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Art Friedman is a data consultant who previously spent fifteen years at Hewlett-Packard as a software engineer. A lifelong student of physics, he lives in Mountain View, California.

Table of Contents

1. Systems and Experiments
2. Quantum States
3. Principles of Quantum Mechanics
4. Time and Change
5. Uncertainty and Time Dependence
6. Combining Systems: Entanglement
7. More on Entanglement
8. Particles and Waves
9. Particle Dynamics
10. The Harmonic Oscillator

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply irresistible, once you bite and taste, you're trapped. The math in this book is a quantum of pleassure...Somehow, holdind Susskind hand, I worked my way up to comprehend the basuc elements of quamtum mechanics.. I can only add..please Leonard, a "quamtum field" meal is needed..