Quantum Theory

Front Cover
Prentice-Hall, 1951 - Science - 646 pages
13 Reviews

This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory. Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail.
Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of the physical formulation of the quantum theory, from its origin and early development through an analysis of wave vs. particle properties of matter. In Part II, Professor Bohm addresses the mathematical formulation of the quantum theory, examining wave functions, operators, Schrödinger's equation, fluctuations, correlations, and eigenfunctions.
Part III takes up applications to simple systems and further extensions of quantum theory formulation, including matrix formulation and spin and angular momentum. Parts IV and V explore the methods of approximate solution of Schrödinger's equation and the theory of scattering. In Part VI, the process of measurement is examined along with the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.
Throughout the text, Professor Bohm places strong emphasis on showing how the quantum theory can be developed in a natural way, starting from the previously existing classical theory and going step by step through the experimental facts and theoretical lines of reasoning which led to replacement of the classical theory by the quantum theory.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
0
4 stars
3
3 stars
6
2 stars
4
1 star
0

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

asghar

Review: Quantum Theory

User Review  - Bob Finch - Goodreads

Okay, I haven't read through the entire book. But this is one of the better textbooks on Quantum Theory I've encountered. Read full review

Contents

PART
1
QUANTUM NATURE OF MATTER
144
PART II
173
Copyright

12 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1951)

Bohm was Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of London.

Bibliographic information