x Preface
book and from von Neumann’s classical book, Mathematical Founda-
tions of Quantum Mechanics.
The approach to the construction of quantum mechanics adopted
in these lectures is based on the assertion that quantum and classi-
cal mechanics are different realizations of one and the same abstract
mathematical structure. The features of this structure are explained
in the first few sections, which are devoted to classical mechanics.
These sections are an integral part of the course and should not be
skipped over, all the more so because there is hardly any overlap of
the material in them with the material in a course of theoretical me-
chanics. As a logical conclusion of our approach to the construction
of quantum mechanics, we have a section devoted to the interconnec-
tion of quantum and classical mechanics and to the passage to the
limit from quantum mechanics to classical mechanics.
In the selection of the material in the sections devoted to appli-
cations of quantum mechanics we have tried to single out questions
connected with the formulation of interesting mathematical problems.
Much attention here is given to problems connected with the theory
of group representations and to mathematical questions in the theory
of scattering. In other respects the selection of material corresponds
to traditional textbooks on general questions in quantum mechanics,
for example, the books of V.A. Fok or P.A.M. Dirac.
The authors are grateful to V.M. Babich, who read through the
manuscript and made a number of valuable comments.
L.D. Faddeev and O.A. Yakubovski˘ı
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