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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,310 ratings  ·  100 reviews
This book first teaches learners how to "do" quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it "means." Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. The book s two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles an arsenal of approximati ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Pearson (first published 1994)
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Sanjay Gautam
In my university it was the prescribed textbook. And, to be honest, it failed to make any impact. Although it was good in some aspects, it was insanely bad in many.

Good:
1. It does not require the mastery of advanced mathematics which makes this book suitable for beginners.
2. Its tone is informal and makes it readable.

Insanely bad:
1. Puts out the bra-ket algebra in the beginning but never uses beyond it.
2. He has given most of the necessary derivations as exercises, which makes it unsuitable fo
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Tom
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Students with no background in classical physics and linear algebra
Shelves: reviewed, quantum
Update (05/15/16): tl;dr: I would give this book more stars if it is titled "Introduction to Wave Mechanics."

First, the good: this book doesn't require mastery of "advanced" classical physics and math such as Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, electromagnetism, partial differential equations, linear algebra, or statistics. For example, Griffiths takes his time to explain standard deviations, separation of variables, and phase and group velocity in the beginning. This makes the book very acces
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Robert Schinaia
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I used this textbook when I was taking quantum mechanics classes years ago, and it is the best textbook I have ever read. This book differs from most other quantum mechanics textbooks in that it ignores the historical development of quantum mechanics, and jumps straight into the mathematical formalism (the reader is faced with the time-dependent Schrodinger equation on the very first page!). In the first five chapters of the book, Griffiths explains the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. Chapt ...more
Laurel
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, that's right. Five stars for the physics text book. That's how big a dork I am. ...more
Sean Kelly
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Made quantum mechanics easy, which also made it easy for my quantum mechanics professor to make quantum mechanics hard.
Anoop Dixith
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
After the last book I read - 'The Universe in you Hand' re-kindled my inner craving to get fascinated by the marvels of Quantum Dynamics, I couldn't not pick a "text book" kind of book loaded with equations, linear algebra, partial differentials, and of course integrals of all kind that would let me understand the mathematical basis of the fascinating concepts of Quantum Theory. I know a lot of purists don't necessarily think Griffiths's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics is the best of the text ...more
Ryan
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very accessible for undergraduates, the line by line working is a bit clunky at times but great at others. I thought the introduction of the bra-ket notation was justified by the clarity it provides.
Michel Brandão
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The theory is explained really well and is integrated with the math in a great manner. I recommend getting a solution manual for the problems though
Ryan Pennell
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-and-physics
This book is incomplete….but that is the point. The title promises exactly what the book is in every way. If you have a good understanding of Quantum Mechanics, then this book is not for you. If you have an understanding of ordinary differential equations, a willingness to learn some partial differential equations (similar to Griffiths E&M), working knowledge of E&M, and an interest in quantum mechanics beyond a pop-sci book then this book might be perfect for you.

Griffiths is able to take thos
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Jonathan
This book was our set book for Quantum mechanics. Although the descriptions were good and the calculations were admittedly useful the main point against it was that a lot of the topic was relegated to the questions. But you were left entirely on your own at this point as there were no solutions to the questions (these were supplied in a separate book for academic staff only). With the result that if you couldn't answer the question you were left with a gaping hole in your knowledge and probably ...more
DJ
Jun 24, 2008 added it
Using this for a class. Reads like a novel.
Saurav Kantha
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you want to really learn quantum mechanics, never pick this book up.
Brett Williams
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Praise to the heavenly vault! There's no better quantum text than this. David Griffiths' book will mark his place in this world as a Master of Explaining Impossible Topics. With humor, intrigue, and adventure through the dark and creepy paths of quantum queerness, Griffiths has a rare talent (but for Atkins, I've never seen it before) for being able to match the incomprehensible microworld with neural weirdness of the macro that makes the topic comprehensible. He wonderfully prepares the student ...more
Burak
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I understand the criticism of some readers towards the book, but I have looked at the alternatives offered and they did not do it for me at this stage. This book is a "sweet spot" for me on the entire spectrum of books on the field. It is a great (sweet) first reading for many people like me, who have good technical and mathematical background (say, due to having an advanced degree in a different field), and are curious about Quantum Mechanics. Then a "layman" introduction doesn't do it (been th ...more
Desmond
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good introductory book. If u read a lot of sci-fi stuff you shall find the wave mechanics interesting. Make sure u carry ur integral table before embarking on this journey, or you shall spend considerable time solving integrals 🤣. A well written book, but could have been better with the formalism. Even with the new chapter added it can be a little confusing after u have understood the wave mechnical picture. I would have preferred a longer discussion on spin and angular momentum. It was introd ...more
Evan Schultz
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
As advertised, this is a decent Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. The progression of ideas in the book felt straightforward and linear and as a result it was easy to follow along and comprehend.

The answers to all the questions in the book can be found readily online, which is a huge plus for anyone who is interested in working the problems in the book and making sure they are actually solving the problems correctly.

The book could have benefited from having a section in the beginning devoted to
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Marinda Misra
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We had this book for our quantum physics class in college, and it changed my life! Not in any significant moralistic way, but it showed me that you CAN write a good, readable, helpful textbook on a subject that is extremely hard to understand. When he came to our college as a guest speaker the undergrad physics and astronomy club hosted a pizza lunch for him in the undergrad lounge, and then we asked him if he could sign our textbooks. He was kind of shocked and asked if we would like a reading ...more
João
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
All in all this is quite a good book about quantum mechanics for begginers. Everything that is covered is very well explained, and the examples all well chosen, and is organisation is logically consistent throughout the book. However, I feel that it is often incomplete, lacking further development into most topics covered, namely I wouldn't feel entirely capable of doing a physics exam with only this book as a guide, because it lacks some of the more direct applications of what he is developing. ...more
James Millikan SJ
Griffiths’s Introduction to Quantum Mechanics is a classic. It’s rigorous, clear, and shines with the author’s joy for the subject.

I was expecting the quality content, but was pleasantly surprised by Griffith’s razor-sharp writing. Proofs are elegant, explanations are never wordy, and figures are used judiciously in order to not distract from the narrative flow.

This was certainly a step up for me from Serway’s Physics for Scientists and Engineers, but learning to read and reason at Griffiths’s l
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John Igo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm trying to reread all my old text books, this one is a great introduction to quantum mechanics. My only issue with it is that it hardly touches projection operators, which are one of the most useful tools for problem solving in Quantum Mechanics. Turns out multiplying by 1 is far from trivial.

I will need to go back and read 4.3-4 (Angular Momentum, Spin), 9.3 (Spontaneous Emission), 10.2 (Berry's Phase) and 11.x(Scattering) because I wasn't thorough enough.
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Alexander Temerev
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent textbook. It is accessible, but still strict enough; it gives you the understanding of the “mystery” of wavefunction collapse, and outlines the way out of it. It is impossible to learn QM with only one text book, but this one is great nonetheless.
Bookreadingnarcissist
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
A difficult topic, made more difficult with poor detail, convoluted writing, and vague explanations. The questions are really what made me grasp the concepts, not Griffiths' explanation of things.
2/5
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Phillip Levin
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my favorite textbook on quantum mechanics, but it is worth looking at as it may suit some readers more than others. The level of depth is a little lacking for the subject, and I'd prefer more detail. Prefer Shankar's text, which is certainly deeper. ...more
Habeb Alnaqi | حبيب النقي
An excellent textbook. I liked the author’s book EM more than this one.
As everybody says, the book leaves very important topics as an exercise and it rarely uses Dirac notation until the very end.
It is surely better than Gasirowics for an introductory course to Quantum Mechanics.
Rizki Fitriansyah
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Is the moon there when nobody looks?
Sean McLaughlin
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, but some of the concepts don't carry over as well to more advanced courses later. ...more
Kelly
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
The gateway book to the world of quantum mechanics, i.e. comtemparory physics.
Heather
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Exists in a state of both memorable and boring.
J
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic introduction. Very readable.

Clearly not the most rigorous
Gildardo Rivas Valles
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent undergraduate level course on quantum mechanics. I've used it to teach an introductory course for the last several years ...more
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