Quantum mechanics and path integrals. (English) Zbl 0176.54902

International Series in Pure and Applied Physics. Maidenhead, Berksh.: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Ltd., 365 p. (1965).
Summary: The approach is primarily intuitive and relies on the so-called “path integral method” developed originally by the senior author. This method is most powerful when applied to a particular set of quantum mechanical problems, such as the scattering of an electron in a potential field, or various perturbation problems. The authors concentrate on those problems where this approach is most powerful and, while showing the connection between the path integral approach and the Schrödinger wave equation technique, do not treat those aspects of the subject which are best treated by the wave equation method.
Contents: The Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics. The Quantum-mechanical Law of Motion. Developing the Concepts with Special Examples. The Schrödinger Description of Quantum Mechanics. Measurements and Operators. The perturbation Method in Quantum Mechanics. Transition Elements. Harmonic Oscillators. Quantum Electrodynamics. Statistical Mechanics. The Variational Method.


81-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to quantum theory
81Qxx General mathematical topics and methods in quantum theory
81S40 Path integrals in quantum mechanics


quantum theory