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Overview

"Many books and articles have been written in which it is attempted to make the basic ideas of quantum physics available to a larger public. None of these is remotely as lucid as Treiman's book. His entertaining style, his mastery, as well as his love of the subject are manifest on nearly every page. It is superbly written."--Abraham Pais, Rockefeller University, author of A Tale of Two Continents and Subtle is the Lord: The Science and Life of Albert Einstein

"Sam Treiman brings to the general reader an enormous wisdom and depth of understanding accumulated over a distinguished career in particle physics. An outstanding book!"--A. Zee, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of Fearful Symmetry and An Old Man's Toy

"Professor Treiman has achieved a pedagogical miracle. He jumps over the drudgery of standard introductory physcis courses and reaches the excitement of modern elementary particle physics by going directly to the quantum theory that describes this sub-microsopic world and its constituents."--Marvin L. Goldberger, University of California, San Diego

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
In Treiman's book, we have as good a shot as we may hope for an intelligible (if demanding) account of a very advanced topic in physics. He covers much material in a short space. [A]n exposition of how the exciting intellectual tool of quantum theory has grown in scope and application.
— Brian Pippard
Physics World
Treiman's book is outstanding. . . . This is not at all a qualitative pictorial description of the quantum world, but a rigorous formulation of its axioms in a casual language. . . . [A] wonderful guided tour through quantum mechanics. . . .
— Asher Peres
Science
Like a master craftsman intent on reducing his accumulated skills into a compendium of traditions and practices for his apprentices, Treiman tries to be as clear, precise, and succinct as possible. A vast store of experience in research and teaching informs every page.
— Hans Christian von Baeyer
Choice
Writing for person's with a background in physics or mathematics, [Treiman] does an excellent job of looking at the difficult and unusual aspects of theory.
American Journal of Physics
A concise and beautifully written summary of an expert's view of the subject.
— Barry R. Holstein
Times Literary Supplement - Brian Pippard
In Treiman's book, we have as good a shot as we may hope for an intelligible (if demanding) account of a very advanced topic in physics. He covers much material in a short space. [A]n exposition of how the exciting intellectual tool of quantum theory has grown in scope and application.
Physics World - Asher Peres
Treiman's book is outstanding. . . . This is not at all a qualitative pictorial description of the quantum world, but a rigorous formulation of its axioms in a casual language. . . . [A] wonderful guided tour through quantum mechanics. . . .
Science - Hans Christian von Baeyer
Like a master craftsman intent on reducing his accumulated skills into a compendium of traditions and practices for his apprentices, Treiman tries to be as clear, precise, and succinct as possible. A vast store of experience in research and teaching informs every page.
American Journal of Physics - Barry R. Holstein
A concise and beautifully written summary of an expert's view of the subject.
From the Publisher

"For quantum mechanics fans looking for a bridge between books that provide vague, qualitative descriptions and those that require an extensive background in mathematics to be understood, Sam Treiman's The Odd Quantum offers a concise introduction to the field's concepts and practices, as well as guides to its most essential equations."--Publishers Weekly

"In Treiman's book, we have as good a shot as we may hope for an intelligible (if demanding) account of a very advanced topic in physics. He covers much material in a short space. [A]n exposition of how the exciting intellectual tool of quantum theory has grown in scope and application."--Brian Pippard, Times Literary Supplement

"Treiman's book is outstanding. . . . This is not at all a qualitative pictorial description of the quantum world, but a rigorous formulation of its axioms in a casual language. . . . [A] wonderful guided tour through quantum mechanics. . . ."--Asher Peres, Physics World

"Like a master craftsman intent on reducing his accumulated skills into a compendium of traditions and practices for his apprentices, Treiman tries to be as clear, precise, and succinct as possible. A vast store of experience in research and teaching informs every page."--Hans Christian von Baeyer, Science

"Writing for person's with a background in physics or mathematics, [Treiman] does an excellent job of looking at the difficult and unusual aspects of theory."--Choice

"A concise and beautifully written summary of an expert's view of the subject."--Barry R. Holstein, American Journal of Physics

Jeffrey Marsh
The Odd Quantum aims to describe how quantum mechanics works, rather than adding to the intense philosophical debate its interpretation has spawned, although it devotes one chapter to the problem of interpretation, where Mr. Treiman provides an admirably clear explanation of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paper and Bell's Inequality.
Washington Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691103006
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2002
  • Series: Mathematical Sciences Ser.
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


PREFACE vii
1. Introduction 3
Overview. Beginnings.
2. Classical Background 27
Newton's law. Gravity. Energy. Electromagnetism. Special Relativity.
3. The "Old" Quantum Mechanics 61
Electromagnetic Waves. Blackbody Radiation. Early Spectroscopy. The Rutherford Atom. Bohr's Quantum Model. De Broglie's Matter Waves.
4. Foundations 80
The Two-Slit Experiment. Schroedinger's Wave Equation. Probabilistic Interpretation. A Brief Survey of the Rules. Commuting Observables. The Uncertainty Principle. Momentum. The Operator Concept. Angular Momentum. Aspects of Energy.
5. Some Quantum Classics 119
The Free Particle. Particle in a Box. The Harmonic Oscillator. Central Potentials Generally. The One-Electron Atom. The Infinite Solenoid. Decay Processes.
6. Identical Particles 149
Symmetry, Antisymmetry Rules. The Pauli Principle. The Fermi Gas. Atoms. More on Identical Bosons.
7. What's Going On? 173
8. The Building Blocks 191
Particles in Collision, Particles in Decay. Accelerators. Patterns and Regularities. Basic Ingredients. Summary.
9. Quantum Fields 231
Free Fields, Free particles. Interactions. Feynman Diagrams. Virtual Particles. The Standard Model in Diagrams. Again, What's Going On?
READINGS 255
INDEX 257
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