Original German edition Quantenmechanik zu Fuß 2 published by Springer-Verlag, 2012
2014, XXI, 482 p. 81 illus., 49 illus. in color.
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Written by an experienced lecturer with a great insight into and understanding of quantum mechanics, and a gift for explaining it
Combines the standard topics with new knowledge and developments, such as quantum information and neutrino oscillation
Discusses further advanced topics in the appendix, including many exercises with solutions
The two-volume textbook Quantum Mechanics for Pedestrians provides an introduction to the basics of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Originally written as a course for students of science education, the book addresses all those science students and others who are looking for a reasonably simple, fresh and modern introduction to the field. The basic principles of quantum mechanics are presented in the first volume. This second volume discusses applications and extensions to more complex problems. In addition to topics traditionally dealt with in quantum mechanics texts, such as symmetries or many-body problems, here also issues of current interest such as entanglement, Bell's inequalities, decoherence and various aspects of quantum information are treated in detail. Furthermore, questions of the basis of quantum mechanics and epistemological issues are discussed explicitly; these are relevant e.g. to the realism debate. A chapter on the interpretations of quantum mechanics completes this volume. The necessary mathematical tools are introduced step by step; in the appendix, the most relevant mathematics is compiled in compact form. More advanced topics such as the Lenz vector, Hardy's experiment and Shor's algorithm are treated in more detail in the appendix. As an essential aid to learning and teaching, 130 exercises are included, most of them with their solutions.
Content Level »Upper undergraduate
Keywords »Complex Vector Space - Decoherence - Density Operator - Neutrino Oscillation - Postulates of Quantum Mechanics - Quantum Cryptography - Quantum Information - Quantum Mechanics Exercises and Solutions - Quantum Mechanics Explained - Quantum Mechanics Undergraduate Textbook - Schrödinger Equation