Since retiring, I have had time to read some
interesting books, and I plan to review some of them here.
Following are the first reviews.
Click here for the review in
untypset format which should be readable on any computer.
- Introductory Quantum Optics, by
and P. Knight., Cambridge University Press, 2005
Click here to download the typset version gerryknight.pdf.
You will need the Adobe Acrobat program to read this file.
A similar review is posted on amazon.com.
Since that review could not contain symbols,
the discussion of some errors in the book referred to the file appendix.pdf for the technical details.
The typset version "gerryknight.pdf" above already contains
so if you have gerryknight.pdf, there is no need to download
Click here for the review
format which should be readable on any computer.
Optics, by M. Scully and M. Suhail Zubairy, Cambridge University
Click here to download the typset version
scullyzubairy.pdf. You will need
the Adobe Acrobat program to read this file.
for the review in untypeset format which
be readable on any computer.
Guide to Experiments in Quantum Optics, Second edition,
by Hans-A. Bachor and Timothy C. Ralph, Wiley, 2004
Click here to download the typset version bachorralph.pdf
. You will
need the Adobe Acrobat program to read this file.
To download the review of Collective
.pdf format, click on mead.pdf.
Electrodynamics, by C. Mead, MIT Press, 2000.
To download the review of Quantum
Paradoxes in .pdf format, click on paradoxes.pdf.
Paradoxes: Quantum Theory for the Perplexed, by
Y. Aharonov and D. Rohrlich, Wiley, 2005
There are two reviews, a short review similar to one I posted on
amazon.com, and a much longer review which discusses in detail
some aspects of the book about which I have wondered. The short
review is a text file, and the long one is in .pdf format. To
download the short review, click on shortquantcmp.txt
. For the long review, click on quantcmp.pdf
Computation and Quantum Information, by M. Nielsen
and I. Chuang, Cambridge University Press, 2000
Added March 6, 2010. For the review in .txt format (only)
of "Decoherence", click here.
and the Quantum-to-Classical Transistion, by
Schlosshauer, Springer, 2009
Note that this is not the latest edition.
- The Geometry of Physics , by Theodore Frankel, First Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1997
The review in .txt format was originally placed on Amazon.com around June, 2016. This is a 5-star book (highest rating)!
I rated this book 3 out of a highest 5 on Amazon.com, in a review titled "A good read but a poor textbook".
- Curvature in Mathematics and Physics by Shlomo Sternberg, Dover, 2012
The review title pretty much says it all, and the reasons are given in the review itself in .txt format.
And, at some point I would like to review a very old book:
This is a masterpiece which is not as well known as
think it deserves.
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, by G. Mackey, W.
A. Benjamin, 1963, republished by Dover, 2004
It is basically a typset but otherwise nearly verbatim rendering
of the author's written lecture notes for a 1960 Harvard course.
A friend sent me the original mimeographed notes around 1963, and I was
I had already completed a year's graduate course in quantum mechanics,
of which relatively little seemed to make sense.
I was astonished that Mackey's notes made sense!
It may seem a little dated today, but not nearly as
much as one would expect after more than forty years.
Even today, I know of no better introduction to quantum mechanics
mathematically mature readers (U.S. Masters level at least).
I am rereading it, and still learning from it.