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41. Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals: Emended Edition (Dover Books on Physics) by Richard P. Feynman, Albert R. Hibbs, Daniel F. Styer | |
Paperback: 384
Pages
(2010-07-21)
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Editorial Review Product Description The developer of path integrals, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman, presents unique insights into this method and its applications. Feynman starts with an intuitive view of fundamental quantum mechanics, gradually introducing path integrals. Later chapters explore more advanced topics, including the perturbation method, quantum electrodynamics, and statistical mechanics. 1965 edition, emended in 2005. Customer Reviews (5)
Good
classic
Return of a classic
If you liked volumes I and II of the Lectures...
A must have for anyone interested in Particle Physics or String Theory |
42. Quantum Physics For Dummies by Steven Holzner | |
Paperback: 336
Pages
(2009-02-03)
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Unacceptable errors by any measure
Not a dummies book. Written for a different audience.
Rated U- For Useless
A sales con job
Not for dummies |
43. Quantum Theory of the Electron Liquid by Gabriele Giuliani, Giovanni Vignale | |
Paperback: 800
Pages
(2008-06-19)
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New Bible
Wonderful!
An outstanding job
Great book!!
Excellent |
44. Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference by Guido Bacciagaluppi, Antony Valentini | |
Hardcover: 556
Pages
(2009-11-30)
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Sacred Texts
No gold in them thar hills - already well mined. Thumbs down, |
45. Variational Principles in Dynamics and Quantum Theory (Dover Books on Physics) by Wolfgang Yourgrau, Stanley Mandelstam | |
Paperback: 224
Pages
(2007-03-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description Focusing on applications relevant to modern physics, this text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students surveys variational principles, examining their relationship to dynamics and quantum theory. It stresses the history and theory of these concepts rather than their mechanics, providing many insights into the development of quantum mechanics. 1968 edition. |
46. Quantum Mechanics-Nonrelativistic Theory (Course on Theoretical Physics, Vol 3) by L. D. Landau | |
Hardcover: 673
Pages
(1981-06)
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Masterly treatment of the subject
Excellent theoretical course |
47. Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction by Michio Kaku | |
Hardcover: 785
Pages
(1993-03-11)
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This is an Introduction - Not an In-Depth Study...DUH
mediocre exposition
extensive problem sets are useful
Too superficial, but ok reference
Expectations unrewarded Now that I am retired, I read some physics and looked to Prof. Kaku's book for a survey of current QFT and an introduction to string theory.I have just finished reading Chapter 2, which the Preface states may be skipped by the student who "already understands the basics of group theory . . . or who does not want to delve that deeply into the intricacies of quantum field theory."I certainly did not place myself in that class of student and decided to delve. The presentation of Chapter 2 leads to the "essential point" (p58) that the Lorentz and Poincaré groups are at the heart of quantum field theory, and "the results of this chapter will be used throughout the book".For that reason, the results should have been developed with great clarity, and I cannot say I found that true. For example, equations 2.104 which state the Poincaré algebra, as described as showing that translations transform as a vector under the Lorentz group.But the transformation of a vector is defined by eq. 2.91.No connection is anywhere demonsrated between eq. 2.91 and 2.104; nor elsewhere between commutation relations and the transformation of vector fields. In the discussion of the Casimir operator, the Pauli-Lubanski tensor (p.55), the evaluation in the rest-frame of the space part of the vector (tensor) based on eq. 2.106 leads to "the rotation matrix in three dimensions."But eq. 2.106 is an operator equation, whereas the result (eq. 2.108) is a matrix equation.What is the connection? I shall plow on with the text in the hope that it will become clearer as I proceed.My feeling at this point is frustration, because I cannot tell for whom this book was written. ... Read more |
48. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library) by Richard P. Feynman | |
Paperback: 192
Pages
(2006-04-04)
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adding arrows
Awed by the actual complexity of nature (unlearned years of oversimplification that was inaccurate)
Feynman is a genius (and good fun to boot)
Beautiful!
It's Feynman's World |
49. Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems by Alexander L. Fetter, John Dirk Walecka | |
Paperback: 617
Pages
(2003-06-20)
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Ab initio learning Quantum Many Body Systems
Good introductory read on MBQM
Green's functions vs. Many-body physics
solid text
Still a Standard Text Plus, the Dyson equation! At last, you can find out what made Freeman Dyson famous amongst physicists. You can decide whether this ranks in importance to Feynman's and Schwinger's discoveries. The problem sets are nontrivial. Which will be appreciated by you, AFTER you have attempted them. (Whilst you are in an allnighter, trying to finish a problem set, your opinion may differ!) The book does not cover superstrings, because those came after its publication. ... Read more |
50. Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics) by Robert M. Wald | |
Paperback: 220
Pages
(1994-11-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description In this book, Robert Wald provides a coherent, pedagogical introduction to the formulation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. He begins with a treatment of the ordinary one-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator, progresses through the construction of quantum field theory in flat spacetime to possible constructions of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and, ultimately, to an algebraic formulation of the theory. In his presentation, Wald disentangles essential features of the theory from inessential ones (such as a particle interpretation) and clarifies relationships between various approaches to the formulation of the theory. He also provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the Unruh effect, the Hawking effect, and some of its ramifications. In particular, the subject of black hole thermodynamics, which remains an active area of research, is treated in depth. This book will be accessible to students and researchers who have had introductory courses in general relativity and quantum field theory, and will be of interest to scientists in general relativity and related fields. Customer Reviews (2)
Sketchy
Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics) |
51. Quantum Theory of Solids by Charles Kittel | |
Paperback: 528
Pages
(1987-04-02)
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Dense reference for the advanced student
Still a good book In chapter 3 the author concentrates his attention on plasmons, which arises from longitudinal excitations in an electron gas, and optical phonons in ionic crystals. He then extends the latter analysis to include the interaction of optical phonons with photons, which he also treats using quantum field theory, giving what he calls a quantum theory of a classical dielectric. The theory of spin waves, or "magnons" is discussed in chapter 4, wherein the author first treats ferromagnetic magnons via the consideration of the Hamiltonian consisting of nearest-neighbor exchange and Zeeman contributions. The dispersion relation for both optical and acoustical magnons in a spin system forming a Bravais lattice is derived and compared with experiment for magnetite. The author then treats antiferromagnetic magnons and discusses the zero-point sublattice magnetization and the heat capacity of antiferromagnets. He then returns to ferromagnetic magnons but from a more macroscopic point of view, treating the magnetization as a macroscopic field, rather than dealing with individual spins. Lastly, he considers the excitation of ferromagnetic magnons by parallel pumping and the temperature dependence of effective exchange. After a short review of the Hartree-Fock approximation in chapter 5, the author considers the all-important electron gas in chapter 6. The electron gas, particularly in two dimensions, has been the subject of great interest since this book was first published, not only because of its technological importance, but also its role in the quantum Hall effect and the fractional quantum Hall effect. Although density functional and renormalization group methods are the current favored ones for studying the electron gas, readers can still gain much from the reading of the chapter. The author concentrates his attention on the approximate calculation of the correlation energy of the degenerate electron gas, particularly at high density. To do this he uses the self-consistent field approach and he exploits the frequency and wavevector dielectric constant as a tool for studying many-body interactions. Several bread-and-butter topics in quantum many-body theory appear in this chapter, such as the linked cluster expansion, which appear in other more complicated (relativistic) contexts, such as high energy physics. The author introduces polarons in chapter 7 as a consequence of any deformation of the ideal periodic lattice of positive ion cores on the motion of conduction electrons, and notes that even the zero-point motion of phonons effects this motion. The interaction of an electron with the lattice results in a "lattice polarization field" around the electron, and the resulting composite particle is the polaron, which, as expected, has a larger effective mass then the electron in an unperturbed lattice. The electron-phonon interaction results in resistivity, results in attenuation of ultrasonic waves in metals, and results in some cases to an attractive interaction between electrons, this being one of the precursors of superconductivity. The problem of electron-phonon interaction in metals has been the subject of much study in attempts to give quantum field theory a rigorous mathematical foundation, particularly via the study of the "jellium model". Chapter 8 is very important, and its content reveals again the age of the book. The phenomenon of superconductivity, and its description by the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory, is known as one of the triumphs of the quantum theory of solids. Of course, when this book was published, superconducting materials at high temperature, were not known. The author though gives a detailed overview of the BCS theory, starting with the Hamiltonian for the electrons, phonons, and their first-order interactions (the strength measured by a certain real constant D). Using a canonical transformation, the author reduces the Hamiltonian to one with no off-diagonal terms of order D. This results in an expression for an electron-electron interaction which can be attractive for excitation energies in a certain range (involving the Debye energy). Keeping only this interaction in the Hamiltonian, for wave vectors that satisfy this range constraint, the author studies the properties of bound electron pairs, and shows how they bring about superconductivity. He also outlines an alternative solution to the BCS equation, using what he calls the equation-of-motion method. More modern treatments of superconductivity employ the use of Higgs fields and the renormalization group, these approaches shedding light on whether one can indeed view superconductivity as a "macroscopic manifestation of quantum physics".
Good Overall Review of Advanced Solid State Theory
Excellent book! |
52. Scattering Theory: The Quantum Theory of Non-Relativistic Collisions by John R. Taylor | |
Hardcover: 477
Pages
(1972-06)
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53. Measurement and Time Reversal in Objective Quantum Theory (Monographs in Natural Philosophy) by Frederik J. Belinfante | |
Hardcover: 148
Pages
(1975-09)
Isbn: 008018152X Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
54. Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Quantized Fields and Gravity (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by Leonard Parker, David Toms | |
Hardcover: 472
Pages
(2009-09-21)
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Graduate level, mathematically rigorous
Comprehensive & comprehensible |
55. Lectures on Quantum Theory: Mathematical and Structural Foundations by C. J. Isham | |
Paperback: 232
Pages
(1995-12)
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Nice introductory lectures on quantum foundations suitable for self-study
Very Good
Not that easy, but ...
Illuminating
Deep and balanced |
56. A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (Oxford Master Series in Statistical, Computational, and Theoretical Physics) by Michele Maggiore | |
Paperback: 308
Pages
(2005-02-10)
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Exciting approach with dense chapters
Clean and understandable
A Wonderful Book For Quickly Learning The Meat Of QFT |
57. Algebraic Methods in Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory by Dr. Gerard G. Emch | |
Paperback: 352
Pages
(2009-05-21)
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Editorial Review Product Description This systematic algebraic approach covers statistical mechanics, quantum field theory, and mathematical physics. In addition to a careful formulation of the problems' physical motivations, it features self-contained descriptions of the mathematical methods for arriving at solutions. Readers thus learn the vocabulary and physical bases of the theory. 1972 edition. |
58. The Quantum Theory of Radiation: Third Edition by W. Heitler | |
Paperback: 464
Pages
(2010-10-18)
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Learnable QED & THE bremsstrahlung treatment. For THE treatment of quantum bremsstrahlung theory (firstapproximation), here is the most oft quoted reference (with maybe an optionon Kramers 1923 'Bohrian' quantum paper)and arguably the most relevant. Amust if only for this. Like most books written around this time in Doverscatalogue, it is well written, readable, and precise in the analysis-skipping math steps where truly reasonable. A gold mine for those of ustrying to get to grips with the subject of the title. ... Read more |
59. Quantum Theory and Measurement (Princeton Series in Physics) by John Archibald Wheeler, Wojciech Hubert Zurek | |
Paperback: 840
Pages
(1984-01)
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Best Collection of Papers on the Subject
Must own collection for quantum physics |
60. Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods (Fundamental Theories of Physics) by A. Peres | |
Paperback: 464
Pages
(1995-09)
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excellent exploration of the subject matter.
The Innovative View of Quantum Theory
A High class presentation of fundemental quantum theory
Wonderful Book
Very good |
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