Starting from basic principles, the book systematically covers both Heisenberg and Schrodinger realizations of quantum mechanics (in this order). It provides excellent didactic introduction to the essential principles and treats recent concepts such as entanglement and decoherence. The book gives the background needed to understand quantum cryptography, teleportation and computation, and it is especially suitable for introducing the spin. This second edition includes a more friendly presentation to Hilbert spaces, and more practical applications e.g. scanning tunneling microscope (potential barrier).
From the reviews: "Daniel Bes clearly understands that accuracy, clarity and brevity ! . has therefore made a careful selection of the topics to make an accessible concise book on quantum mechanics for a modern introductory undergraduate course. The book has several good features. The claims that this is a modern textbook are well justified by the inclusion of ! . the flow of the main ideas is not unbalanced by laborious detail." (Professor J. E. Carroll, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 46 (4), 2005) "This book accomplishes all the goals implied by its title: it is 'modern', 'concise' and 'introductory'. It is concise (just two hundred pages) but covers an extraordinary range of topics, from those typically found in traditional quantum mechanics textbooks ! . All this is illustrated with examples that cover a wide range ! . This book provides a large amount of information per page and the selection, extension and balance of topics is adequate for an introductory course." (Adan Cabello, Mathematical Reviews, 2005) From the reviews of the second edition: "Lecturers who have not updated their advanced undergraduate quantum mechanics courses would do well to look at this reasonably small textbook. ! I think the approach used is excellent and would certainly have liked a textbook like this when I was a student ! . I strongly recommend the book, not just as a student text but also for those physicists who have not been part of the recent quantum revolution and would like to gain some knowledge of it in a reasonable painless way." (D T Pegg, Australian Physics, Vol. 44 (4), 2007)
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