Synopses & Reviews
The use of visualization techniques greatly enhances the understanding of quantum mechanics as it allows us to depict phenomena that cannot be seen by any other means. "Visual Quantum Mechanics" uses the computer generated animations found on the
Review
From the reviews"The new introductory textbook by Bernd Thaller, Visual Quantum Mechanics, has two distinctive features, a well-produced CD-ROM, and an emphasis on dynamics. These two features work together well and make for a remarkable publication, which mathematically oriented readers will appreciate for the care it takes with rigorous aspects of physics. (...)
It is the CD-ROM which makes the book. (...) Thaller has provided 137 modules illustrating different topics (...) I would venture to say that not only the beginning student, but even the seasoned scientist may benefit, by getting a clue to a new phenomenon or theorem. (...)
In sum, Visual Quantum Mechanics can be profitably used as a major supplement in an undergraduate course on quantum mechanics, and it will certainly enliven the curriculum. It could be a superb stand-alone text in a short physics course or a seminar for mathematically oriented students."
Evans M. Harrell II in: SIAM Review
Synopsis
In the strange world of quantum mechanics the application of visualization techniques is particularly rewarding, for it allows us to depict phenomena that cannot be seen by any other means. Visual Quantum Mechanics relies heavily on visualization as a tool for mediating knowledge. The book comes TM with a CD-ROM containing about 320 digital movies in QuickTime f- mat, which can be watched on every multimedia-capable computer. These computer-generated animations are used to introduce, motivate, and ill- trate the concepts of quantum mechanics that are explained in the book. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then my hope is that each short animation (consisting of about a hundred frames) will be worth a hundred thousand words. The collection of ?lms on the CD-ROM is presented in an interactive en- TM vironmentthathasbeendevelopedwiththehelpofMacromediaDirector . This multimedia presentation can be used like an adventure game without special computer skills. I hope that this presentation format will attract the interest of a wider audience to the beautiful theory of quantum mechanics.
Synopsis
"Visual Quantum Mechanics" uses the computer-generated animations found on the accompanying
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-278) and index.
Table of Contents
Visualization of Wave Functions.- Fourier Analysis.- Free Particles.- States and Observables.- Other Observables.- Boundary Conditions.- Linear Operators in Hilbert Spaces.- Harmonic Oscillator.- Special Systems.- One-Dimensional Scattering Theory.- Numerical Solution in One Dimension.- Movie Index.- Other Books on Quantum Mechanics.- Index.