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Quantum Mechanics Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide.



quantum mechanics is one of the more obscure areas of physics. McMahon tackles this difficult, highly mathematical subject in his straightforward guide to the latest quantum mechanical theories. Though the book advises readers to have a background in physics and calculus and a working knowledge of complex numbers and vectors, physicist McMahon clearly defines the notions of blackbody radiation, the photoelectric effect, the Schrodinger equation, and vector space. Divided into three parts, the book provides a brief review of quantum theory basics, and the mathematical foundations of modern quantum mechanics. It provides illustrations of the use of quantum theory. The last section of the book deals with angular momentum and spin, the harmonic oscillator, and the physics of the hydrogen atom. Not for the mathphobic, this book nevertheless offers a jargonfree guide to a complex field. McGraw Hill, 2005, 393 p., paperback, $19.95.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 22, 2006
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