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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
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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, most of whom greet quantum like a taser or a train. On page 1 he puts the student at ease with quotes from the masters. "If you are not confused by quantum physics then you haven't really understood it," said Niels Bohr. "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics," said Richard Feynman. "This book is to teach you how to do quantum mechanics," writes Griffiths. So relax, kid. Nobody gets it. You won't either. Just learn how to turn the crank and steer the wheel. This old jalopy will take you where you want to go without knowing what's under the hood. Nobody knows what's under the hood. Once you get to where you're going, Griffiths tells you what quantum means in the last chapter. Yikes! If you read this chapter in public, hold your shorts up, it might scare the pants off you.

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Reading Progress

January 13, 2019 – Started Reading
March 13, 2019 – Shelved
May 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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