Modern Quantum Mechanics

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J. J. Sakurai, Jim Napolitano 9781108473224,9781108587280 Cambridge University Press 2020

A truly wonderful introduction to quantum mechanics. Sakurai's original text was elegant, simple, and full of insight. It taught me much as a graduate student. Napolitano's update adds context with applications from today's research, explained simply and beautifully. The problems are exceptionally well chosen. This book can be used for graduate quantum courses from one quarter to a year in length, in physics, materials science, or even physical chemistry.' Kieron Burke, University of California-Irvine

'I have enjoyed teaching graduate quantum mechanics from J. J. Sakurai's book since its first publication in 1985, specially the first four chapters Sakurai completed before his untimely departure. As co-author, Jim Napolitano has reorganized and expanded the book, incorporating new topics of current interest, while keeping Sakurai's pedagogical vision. The product is quite appealing, impressive, and befits a 21st-century perspective.' Michael El-Batanouny, Boston University

'Years ago, upon reading J. J. Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics, I was immediately inspired to write my own textbook – one that takes a similar approach to Sakurai's graduate-level book, but for undergraduates. I am delighted that Jim Napolitano has successfully taken on the challenge of bringing Sakurai's textbook up to date, in keeping with the book's title.' John S. Townsend, Harvey Mudd College

'This textbook does an excellent job of bridging the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and topics at the frontier of modern physics. It is comprehensive, authoritative, and rich in pedagogical innovations. New materials included in the current version make this textbook especially suitable for students who wish to engage in cutting-edge experimental and theoretical research.' Jinjun Liu, University of Louisville

'Napolitano has modernized Sakurai's classic textbook with more applications, such as, K-G field and spontaneous emission. These expansions highlight the important advance in modern physics, while two main features of this classical book are well kept, including a logical and accessible approach to the field, and a concise and consistent Dirac notation throughout the book.' Xiaoyan Shi, University of Texas, Dallas

'The strength of this fine text is its unified point of view: quantum mechanics is about operations on state vectors, described using the bra and ket notation. This approach is rather abstract, but once a student grasps the central ideas, it is simple and powerful.' Davison Soper, University of Oregon

'Sakurai's text provides an understanding of quantum mechanics firmly founded on Dirac formalism and linear algebra. It has deservedly become a classic introductory graduate text, one that helps the student start to think as a practitioner. In the new editions, Napolitano has pedagogically filled in gaps in the exposition and topical coverage, while maintaining the crisp and insightful presentation of the original.' Mark Caprio, University of Notre Dame 

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