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Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition

Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition
Author: R. Shankar
ISBN 13: 9780306447907
ISBN 10: 306447908
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Plenum Press
Publication Date: 2011-03-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 676
List Price: $115.00

Reviews from the First Edition:

"An excellent text … The postulates of quantum mechanics and the mathematical underpinnings are discussed in a clear, succinct manner." (American Scientist)

"No matter how gently one introduces students to the concept of Dirac’s bras and kets, many are turned off. Shankar attacks the problem head-on in the first chapter, and in a very informal style suggests that there is nothing to be frightened of." (Physics Bulletin)

Reviews of the Second Edition:

"This massive text of 700 and odd pages has indeed an excellent get-up, is very verbal and expressive, and has extensively worked out calculational details—-all just right for a first course. The style is conversational, more like a corridor talk or lecture notes, though arranged as a text. … It would be particularly useful to beginning students and those in allied areas like quantum chemistry." (Mathematical Reviews)

R. Shankar has introduced major additions and updated key presentations in this second edition of Principles of Quantum Mechanics. New features of this innovative text include an entirely rewritten mathematical introduction, a discussion of Time-reversal invariance, and extensive coverage of a variety of path integrals and their applications. Additional highlights include:

- Clear, accessible treatment of underlying mathematics

- A review of Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics

- Student understanding of quantum theory is enhanced by separate treatment of mathematical theorems and physical postulates

- Unsurpassed coverage of path integrals and their relevance in contemporary physics

The requisite text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition is fully referenced and is supported by many exercises and solutions. The book’s self-contained chapters also make it suitable for independent study as well as for courses in applied disciplines.


A textbook on quantum mechanics that develops the subject from its postulates, beginning with a rather lengthy chapter in which the relevant mathematics of vector spaces is developed from simple ideas on vectors and matrices students are assumed to know. This revised edition (1st ed., 1980) adds a discussion of time-reversal invariance and a new chapter, Path Integrals: Part II, which discusses many kinds of path integrals and their uses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)