tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9633767.post3903371788707759712..comments2024-08-14T05:26:06.593-07:00Comments on The Curious Wavefunction: Go, learn some linear algebraWavefunctionhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14993805391653267639noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9633767.post-72186491085552178512010-01-20T20:37:23.793-08:002010-01-20T20:37:23.793-08:00Ah, that explains it. I was indeed surprised that ...Ah, that explains it. I was indeed surprised that a college course on QM would include so much LA. In fact most of my physics friends also did not really learn much LA-inspired QM. Thus this is an eye-opener. By the way I vaguely remember some of my smart math olympiad friends in college recommending a classic; "Finite dimensional vector spaces" by Paul Halmos.Wavefunctionhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14993805391653267639noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9633767.post-28021926568589227992010-01-20T17:48:07.676-08:002010-01-20T17:48:07.676-08:00Ashutosh --thanks for the mention, but I'm wri...Ashutosh --thanks for the mention, but I'm writing up these notes because linear algebra was NOT discussed or developed very much in the QM course (for one thing there wasn't time, for another I don't think the students had ever been exposed to it). <br /><br />I'd studied LA on my own years ago, but didn't really appreciate what was going on (e.g. what Hermitian matrices are good for etc. etc.) until I audited QM. So it works both ways -- QM illuminates LA and vice versa.<br /><br />LuysiiAnonymousnoreply@blogger.com