A new approach to modern physics
Posted by Arjendu on June 14, 2010
A note from John Townsend, the author of “A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics” — that’s the only book I’ve used during my 5 year run at teaching quantum at Carleton. It is best described as an undergraduate version of Sakurai’s book (that is to say, it focused on Hilbert space through spin to get the point across), and worked really well for me and my students. It is very readable, has lots of useful worked examples, and good problems as well. I couldn’t endorse it more. Here’s what John said:
After more than thirty years of teaching physics at Harvey Mudd College, I have hit upon what I think are really good approaches to teaching quantum physics/quantum mechanics to undergraduates. I am now the author of two textbooks, A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics (for juniors and seniors) and Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics (primarily for sophomores). This latter book, which was published just this past August, will I hope (somewhat immodestly) generate a sea change in the way many “modern physics” courses are taught in this country, judging from the textbooks for these courses that have preceded mine. Information about Quantum Physics, including the table of contents and the preface, where I spell out in some detail why I have written this book, is available atI would very much appreciate your forwarding this email to the people who are teaching or are likely to teach the corresponding course at Carleton College so they are at least aware of the existence of the book. Faculty who would like to request an examination copy can go to www.uscibooks.com and click on Professor Resources.Many thanks for your help,JohnJohn S. TownsendSusan and Bruce Worster Professor of PhysicsChair, Department of PhysicsHarvey Mudd CollegePS I am also preparing a new edition of my junior-senior level textbook. I am adding new sections on entanglement and quantum teleportation, on the density operator, on coherent states, and on cavity quantum electrodynamics. I am also adding numerous worked examples to the book. Since I believe A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics has been used at Carleton, if any of your colleagues would be interested in giving me feedback on a draft of this additional material for the new edition of this book, I would very much welcome it.