Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

Quirky Quantum Concepts

Physical, Conceptual, Geometric, and Pictorial Physics that Didn’t Fit in Your Textbook

Authors: Michelsen, Eric L.

  • A supplement to almost any existing quantum mechanics text
  • Focuses on conceptual understanding, which allows the reader to adapt the concepts to his specific application and needs
  • Covers all the fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics: position, momentum, angular momentum
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About this Textbook

Quirky Quantum Concepts explains the more important and more difficult concepts in theoretical quantum mechanics, especially those which are consistently neglected or confusing in many common expositions. The emphasis is on physical understanding, which is necessary for the development of new, cutting edge science.

In particular, this book explains the basis for many standard quantum methods, which are too often presented without sufficient motivation or interpretation. The book is not a simplification or popularization: it is real science for real scientists. Physics includes math, and this book does not shy away from it, but neither does it hide behind it. Without conceptual understanding, math is gibberish. The discussions here provide the experimental and theoretical reasoning behind some of the great discoveries, so the reader may see how discoveries arise from a rational process of thinking, a process which Quirky Quantum Concepts makes accessible to its readers.

Quirky Quantum Concepts is therefore a supplement to almost any existing quantum mechanics text. Students and scientists will appreciate the combination of conversational style, which promotes understanding, with thorough scientific accuracy.

About the authors

After two decades as a successful software engineer, Eric Michelsen returned to school, receiving his PhD in Physics from University of California, San Diego in 2010. He has taught senior-level and introductory engineering and physics at UCSD, Florida Institute of Technology, Pomona College in Clairemont, CA, and Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This is a very useful and interesting complement to any elementary exposition of quantum mechanics. … The book is written in a reader-friendly manner and explains the basis for standard quantum methods and also covers most of the unusual and challenging concepts in a course on non-relativistic quantum mechanics.” (Lech Jakóbczyk, Mathematical Reviews, October, 2014)

“This book reconsiders most all of the topics covered in an upper-division quantum mechanics sequence. … The author does a good job of giving deeper and broader conceptual and geometric discussions than those found in typical texts. … A useful resource for readers with the proper background who are seeking a better understanding of quantum mechanics. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), August, 2014)


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eBook $39.99
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quirky Quantum Concepts
Book Subtitle
Physical, Conceptual, Geometric, and Pictorial Physics that Didn’t Fit in Your Textbook
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9305-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9305-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9304-4
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 361
Number of Illustrations and Tables
61 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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