A clear and accessible presentation of quantum theory, suitable for researchers yet accessible to graduates.
That is, a consistent theory of quantum physics, not a theory of a consistent quantum. Griffiths (physics, Carnegie-Mellon U.) argues that the primary mathematical constructs of quantum theorywave functionscan be given a direct physical interpretation, without the measurement that most textbooks use to connect mathematical objects to physical reality. The trick, he says, is to avoid letting concepts of classical physics intrude. His treatment is designed to help newcomers grasp the fundamentals of the field, but he warns that they cannot learn the field by reading it alone. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)