Quantum Theory

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Courier Corporation, Apr 25, 2012 - Science - 672 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Physical Formulation of the Quantum Theory
3
FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS OF THE EARLY OUANTUM
23
OUANTUM NATURE OF MATTER
144
WAVE FUNCTIONS OPERATORS AND SCHRöDINGERs
173
Applications to Simple Systems Further Extensions
229
THE CLASSICAL LINMIT OF OUANTUNM THEORY THE
264
THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR
296
ANGULAR MONMENTUNA AND THE THREEDINMENSIONAL
310
SOLUTION OF RADIAL ECUATION THE HYDROGEN
334
MATRIX FORMULATION OF OUAN TUM THEORY
361
SPIN AND ANGULAR MOMENTUM
387
PERTURBATION THEORY TIMEDEPENDENT AND TIME
407
DEGENERATE PERTURBATIONS
462
SUDDEN AND ADIA BATIC APPROXINMATIONS
496
Theory of Scattering
511
CONCEPTS
624

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David Bohm (1917 1992), a renowned physicist and theorist, was one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century.

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