I am currently reading Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (I am halfway through chapter 4, that encompasses angular momentum and spin). While I like the book quite a lot I have noticed that Weinberg's notation is not standard and his approach is very algebraic.

I am looking for other graduate level books that can be complementary for this one. An important factor for me is that it should be a book suitable for independent reading (I am not enrolled in QM courses at the moment) or that if any parts are omitted, they are covered by Weinberg.

I have thought about L&L but I haven't transcended mortality yet so maybe not... I also heard good things about Cohen-Tannoudji, would it be appropriate?

After learning more QM I plan to learn some Quantum Field Theory (I am particularly interested in QCD, from what I know it sounds interesting). I am also interested on nuclear physics (I wish to read Walecka's book in the future). Superconductivity is also on my radar, in particular those parts that involve topology (I have read the first half of Munkres' book).

Thank you!

Edit: following the recommendation made by @EverydayFoolish I added the paragraph with my topics of interest.


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    $\begingroup$ I think L&L is more useful as a reference, not self-teaching. I recommend the book by G. Baym. I only used atomic physics books by Cohen-Tannoudji but he is a superb expositor, so I assume his QM books are good as well. $\endgroup$ – wcc May 15 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ Related: physics.stackexchange.com/q/22409/2451 , physics.stackexchange.com/q/44764/2451 and links therein. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic May 15 at 3:21
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    $\begingroup$ Could you be more precise, in the sense that quantum mechanics finds its way into a wide range of things begining from particle physics and high energy to things like quantum optics and molecular physics. If you could provide some motivation of why you want to pursue this or any goal in mind would definitely get you the answers that would be more beneficial. $\endgroup$ – EverydayFoolish May 19 at 8:11

I have found that a good book at an intermediate level is:

It has modern notation, plenty of applications, and enough detail to be able to follow through self-study if you know basic undergraduate quantum mechanics (at the level of David Griffith's book, for example).

If that material is too basic for you, then another, more advanced (though older), book by the same author is:

This includes some QFT applications.

A quick Google seems to suggest that PDFs of both books are available on the web.

  • $\begingroup$ The Advanced book is as you say a bit old, it seems good but I am a little worried that it only has one edition. Do you know if there is an errata of it? $\endgroup$ – S V May 23 at 16:50

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