Quantum mechanics, election eve
On this election eve, let’s take a break from all the politics for a moment. Let’s talk quantum mechanics. I will be teaching QM in the spring again and have been desperately looking for a good book for quite some time. Last time I taught it, I used a mash up of Nielsen & Chuang’s Quantum Computation and Quantum Information and Sakurai’s Modern Quantum Mechanics but it wasn’t the best option. None of the normal undergraduate texts have ever gotten me all that excited, especially from a pedagogical point of view. But, thanks to a heads up from Bill Wootters, I have the privilege of previewing a new undergraduate QM text by none other than Ben Schumacher and Michael Westmoreland. The former, of course, is the person who coined the term ‘qubit.’ Anyway, Ben sent me a draft copy of the book to read through over the next couple of months. In the interest of protecting copyright and all that I won’t be posting excerpts or anything, but I will say that you have to like a book that starts with a discussion of the information theoretic aspects of the ride of Paul Revere!!