This volume has a threefold purpose: to explain the physical concepts of quantum mechanics, to describe the mathematical formalism, and to present the illustrative examples of both the ideas and the methods. The book is intended to serve as a text at the graduate level and also as a reference book. It is assumed that the reader is reasonably familiar with classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, atomic structure, and differential equations; prior acquaintance with matrices or group theory is not necessary. In addition, the reader should have had some contact with complex variables and the special theory of relativity.
The scope of this volume is best outlined if the book is divided into three parts. The first three chapters constitute an introduction to quantum mechanics, in which the physical concepts are discussed and the Schrödinger wave formalism is established. The next nine chapters present exact solutions of the wave equation for both bound-state and collision problems, the Heisenberg matrix formalism and transformation theory, symmetry, approximation methods, the scattering matrix, particle identity, radiation theory, and some applications to atomic systems. Since Chapters 5 to 12 include most of the material given in a first-year graduate course, it seems desirable to include a semiclassical treatment of electromagnetic radiation (Chapter 11) even though some of the results are obtained again in Chapter 14. The last two chapters are an introduction to relativistic particle theory and to quantised fields.
Third Edition. Twentieth Printing (1982). International Student Edition. Internally clean and readable with moderate tanning to page edges. Edge of endpaper has been torn away from underside of front cover. Wear/creasing to cover.