Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of technical and science books (like Physics For Dummies and Differential Equations For Dummies). He graduated from MIT and did his PhD in physics at Cornell University, where he was on the teaching faculty for 10 years. He’s also been on the faculty of MIT. Steve also teaches corporate groups around the country.
Quantum Physics For Dummiesby Steven Holzner
Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them tackle the tough equations. Compatible with classroom text books and courses,/i>… See more details below
Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them tackle the tough equations. Compatible with classroom text books and courses, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition lets students study at their own paces and helps them prepare for graduate or professional exams. Coverage includes:
- The Schrodinger Equation and its Applications
- The Foundations of Quantum Physics
- Vector Notation
- Scattering Theory, Angular Momentum, and more
Your plain-English guide to understanding and working with the micro world
Quantum physics — also called quantum mechanics or quantum field theory — can be daunting for even the most dedicated student or enthusiast of science, math, or physics. This friendly, concise guide makes this challenging subject understandable and accessible, from atoms to particles to gases and beyond. Plus, it's packed with fully explained examples to help you tackle the tricky equations like a pro!
- Compatible with any classroom course — study at your own pace and prepare for graduate or professional exams
- Your journey begins here — understand what quantum physics is and what kinds of problems it can solve
- Know the basic math — from state vectors to quantum matrix manipulations, get the foundation you need to proceed
- Put quantum physics to work — make sense of Schrödinger's equation and handle particles bound in square wells and harmonic oscillators
- Solve problems in three dimensions — use the full operators to handle wave functions and eigenvectors to find the natural wave functions of a system
- Discover the latest research — learn the cutting-edge quantum physics theories that aim to explain the universe itself
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I don't like to give bad reviews, but this book doesn't earn a place on the average science fan's bookshelf. The goal is admirable -- to simplify and summarize quantum mechanics for the average reader with an algebraic or calculus background. Topics such as Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and others however, are so briefly summarized to be unhelpful. I suspect the author was under serious pressure to condense, compress and compact. This book was a great disappointment, but reaffirms better choices for the reader, especially Quantum Mechanics Demystified and for a great illustrated book Hey's Quantum Universe.
Be aware that this book appears to be intended as supplementary material for students taking a course in quantum mechanics. For others, the math background needed to understand this book is a bit more than what the introduction in this book claims. The reader should be familiar with solving differential equations, partial differential equations and have a working knowledge of linear algebra. Even with this background I found the material confusing. Steps in developing the concepts are missing, which would be fine if it were merely the mathematics that the reader was assumed to know, but some instances important physics concepts were lost. The book (the revised version) reads like material was deleted to fit the size desired by the publisher. Finally, do not buy the Nook version. I looked at this at a BN store on a 9-inch Nook HD+. The equations and there are a lot of them are so tiny that they are unreadable. Whatever was used to convert the book to the electronic nook format could not identify, of all things, the h-bar Planck's constant symbol presenting it as a box. If you already bought the nook version of this book you should be able to get your money back.
Quantnum phisics is not for dummies!