POSTED ON November 20, 2022 9:59 pm
Theoretical Minimum Susskind Pdf 15
In the book its not easy to tell what level of physics is being described. Neither Hrabovsky nor Susskind feel the need to comment on the concepts along the way, allowing the reader to get the impression that the book is essentially the first part of a lecture course, not a book. Many of the subtleties of the mathematical structures are left to the reader. My impression is that the emphasis is on the physical interpretation of the formalism, rather than on how the formalism works. But the latter can be interpreted from the physical setting.
Today is publication day for the next volume, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum, which is a joint effort this time with Art Friedman. Its even better than the first volume, taking on a much more difficult subject. About the first two-thirds of the book sticks to the simplest possible quantum system, one with a two-dimensional state space. The linear algebra needed is developed from scratch and Susskind works out at a very leisurely pace all the details of what the quantum picture of reality looks like in this simplest context. Theres a lot about what entanglement really is, and this part ends up with an introduction to Bells theorem.
Be aware that there are older versions of Susskinds lectures at The newer lectures are at
I made the mistake of watching the older ones which arent as closely coordinated with the book that I am over halfway through.
At my age, I find the book challenging and the logic sometimes discontinuous. (Not trying to pun.) Perhaps I should have just watched the lectures.
There is a reasonably complex and better webcast in which Leonard Susskind discuss the cosmological constant. Although he has discussed the Cosmological constant in all of his books, it would be useful to have this video version.
I have only just started looking at this list and so far it seems that it covers a wide range of topics from M theory to String theory to Quantum Gravity. I have seen some of the lectures before and I will now be using this list to catch up. I think the set of lectures is good to use as a teaching tool but I will mainly be focussing on the book. I have never been a great fan of the Springer Nature books by George Ellis. I prefer the long format books from Michael Coughlan and Benjamin Kleban who are on this list and they tend to be the more comprehensive and contains useful elaboration on topics that are quite short in some of the Susskind’s books.
Both courses focus on the basic theoretical principles of physics that every student should know as well as the basic mathematical tools required for deriving the conclusions of physics. Both courses use freely available Internet resources to supplement the material covered in class. Because they are relatively inexpensive, they are a useful choice for developing a solid foundation in the subject.
Susskind is Professor of the Physical Sciences at Stanford University and co-founder and co-director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. This publication contains original material, including new examples, details of new derivations, applications of new techniques, updates of known results, and many new insights of classical and quantum physics.