Each chapter starts with a clear exposition of the problem which is then treated, and logically develops the physical and mathematical concept. These chapters emphasize the underlying principles of the material, undiluted by extensive references to applications and practical examples which are put into complementary sections. The book begins with a qualitative introduction to quantum mechanical ideas using simple optical analogies and continues with a systematic and thorough presentation of the mathematical tools and postulates of quantum mechanics as well as a discussion of their physical content. Applications follow, starting with the simplest ones like e.g. the harmonic oscillator, and becoming gradually more complicated (the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, etc.). The complementary sections each expand this basic knowledge, supplying a wide range of applications and related topics as well as detailed expositions of a large number of special problems and more advanced topics, integrated as an essential portion of the text.
∗ Introduction to the Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics
∗ The Mathematical Tools of Quantum Mechanics
∗ The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
∗ Application of the Postulates to Simple Cases: Two Level Systems and Spin 1/2 Systems
∗ The One Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator
∗ General Properties of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics
∗ Particles in a Central Potential
∗ The Hydrogen Atom
His textbook on quantum mechanics, written together with Bernard Diu und Franck Laloë, is one of the best–known timeless standard references in this field and is recommended on a regular basis by lecturers of undergraduate courses.