Quantum Theory

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Courier Dover Publications, 1951 - Science - 646 pages
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This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory. Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail.
Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of the physical formulation of the quantum theory, from its origin and early development through an analysis of wave vs. particle properties of matter. In Part II, Professor Bohm addresses the mathematical formulation of the quantum theory, examining wave functions, operators, Schrödinger's equation, fluctuations, correlations, and eigenfunctions.
Part III takes up applications to simple systems and further extensions of quantum theory formulation, including matrix formulation and spin and angular momentum. Parts IV and V explore the methods of approximate solution of Schrödinger's equation and the theory of scattering. In Part VI, the process of measurement is examined along with the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.
Throughout the text, Professor Bohm places strong emphasis on showing how the quantum theory can be developed in a natural way, starting from the previously existing classical theory and going step by step through the experimental facts and theoretical lines of reasoning which led to replacement of the classical theory by the quantum theory.

  

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User Review  - wweisser - LibraryThing

I didn't find this book very clear, and it meanders around somewhat without seeming to have a point. I suppose it was meant as a survey of the subject, but it doesn't present its logic well and some of the conclusions get muddled as a result. Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Finch - Goodreads

Okay, I haven't read through the entire book. But this is one of the better textbooks on Quantum Theory I've encountered. Read full review

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Contents

THE ORIGIN OF THE QUANTUM THEORY
5
FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS OF THE EARLY QUANTUM THEORY
23
WAVE PACKETS AND DE BROGLIE WAVES
59
THE DEFINITION OF PROBABILITIES
81
THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE
99
WAVE VS PARTICLE PROPERTIES OF MATTER
116
SUMMARY OF QUANTUM CONCEPTS INTRODUCED
141
AN ATTEMPT TO BUILD A PHYSICAL PICTURE OF THE QUANTUM NATURE OF MATTER
144
ANGULAR MOMENTUM AND THE THREEDIMENSIONAL WAVE EQUATION
310
SOLUTION OF RADIAL EQUATION THE HYDROGEN ATOM THE EFFECT OF A MAGNETIC FIELD
334
MATRIX FORMULATION OF QUANTUM THEORY
361
SPIN AND ANGULAR MOMENTUM
387
Methods of Approximate Solution of Schrodingers Equation
407
DEGENERATE PERTURBATIONS
462
SUDDEN AND ADIABATIC APPROXIMATIONS
496
Theory of Scattering
511

Mathematical Formulation of the Quantum Theory
173
FLUCTUATIONS CORRELATIONS AND EIGENFUNCTIONS
199
Applications to Simple Systems Further Extensions of Quantum Theory Formulation
229
THE CLASSICAL LIMIT OF QUANTUM THEORY THE WKB APPROXIMATION
264
THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR
296
Quantum Theory of the Process of Measurement
583
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUANTUM AND CLASSICAL CONCEPTS
624
INDEX
629
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Page iv - Quantum concepts imply that the world acts more like a single indivisible unit, in which even the 'intrinsic' nature of each part ... depends to some degree on its relationship to its surroundings.

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Bohm was Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of London.

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