**AMS Chelsea Publishing**

Volume: 360;
1971;
148 pp;
Hardcover

MSC: Primary 81;

Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-4179-2

Product Code: CHEL/360.H

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Product Code: CHEL/360.H.E**

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# The Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

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*Leonard Eisenbud*

AMS Chelsea Publishing: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

This book provides a clear and logical path to
understanding what quantum mechanics is about. It will be accessible
to undergraduates with minimal mathematical preparation: all that is
required is an open mind, a little algebra, and a first course in
undergraduate physics.

Quantum mechanics is arguably the most successful physical theory. It
makes predictions of incredible accuracy. It provides the structure
underlying all of our electronic technology, and much of our mastery over
materials. But compared with Newtonian mechanics, or even relativity, its
teachings seem obscure—they have no counterpart in everyday experience,
and they sometimes contradict our simplest notions of how the world works.
A full understanding of the theory requires prior mastery of very advanced
mathematics. This book aims at a different goal: to teach the reader, step
by step, how the theory came to be and what, fundamentally, it is about.

Most students learn physics by learning techniques and formulas. This is
especially true in a field like quantum mechanics, whose content often
contradicts our common sense, and where it's tempting to retreat into
mathematical formalism. This book goes behind the formalism to explain in
direct language the conceptual content and foundations of quantum
mechanics: the experiments that forced physicists to construct such a
strange theory, and the essential elements of its strangeness.

#### Readership

Undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in quantum mechanics.

#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## The Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

- Cover Cover11
- Title page iii4
- Quote v6
- Preface vii8
- Contents xi12
- The failure of classical theory 114
- Consequences of a mistrust of theory 619
- Properties of electrons, photons; The De Broglie relations 1225
- An analysis of electron diffraction 1730
- Heisenberg’s principle of indeterminancy 3245
- Interpretations of the Heisenberg principle 4255
- Dynamical properties of microsystems 5770
- Determinism and state; Statistical determinism 89102
- Probability amplitudes; The superposition principle 109122
- Summary and comment 130143
- Index 145158
- Back Cover Back Cover1162