There are some topics which are taken on by all manner of those who deem themselves qualified to teach it to others. For those topics which tend to be considered difficult, let alone seemingly taught in much the same manner regardless of author, one can at times find it futile to continue seeking a potentially alternate method by which to learn such a topic.
But then every now and then, one might stumble upon a highly welcome surprise: an exception, let alone a gem. This book is such an exception, and gem.
To the original reviewer's comments, I would simply like to add the following: an excerpt from the author's Preface -
"... And because of that little book, for the last twenty years I have made it my hobby to piece together the story of the hydrogen atom, how it grew from a simple little sun-plus-planet into the set of equations that Schrodinger gave, and how the solution to those equations answers questions posed by Bohr himself.
This little book is a gift to myself. It is the book I wish I had found next to those two others when I went to the library, so that I could have reached, with my still limited knowledge of physics and mathematics, the place where the other books began. This book is for you, too, especially if you are taking a physics or chemistry course now. In it, you will find some glue to help patch up your picture of the universe, especially the very small things in it."
I, as well, wish a book like this had existed years ago. On the bright side, it now exists - and would be a wonderful resource to have available to students across the country, by ensuring that a copy is available in (at least) public libraries.
The approach used by this author in having carefully dissected the subject, & skillfully woven step-by-step aspects together in a clear & cohesive manner, is exceptional, & most importantly, effective. The tone is almost conversational, which adds to the appeal, & frankly, in my opinion, is a non-trivial contributor to the presentation's effectiveness (it would also seem to play a role in softening potentially intimidating aspects of the subject for many readers/students). In a way, the writing combines elements which take on the feel of having a dinner conversation with the author, with logically interspersed let-me-show-you -like explanatory specifics included when appropriate, & that might involve a drawing or diagram at times, & at other times, a step-by-step clarification of relevant mathematical equations.
This book is a highly welcome creation, & a truly exceptional accomplishment & educational resource.
I felt compelled to write a review after seeing that only one review existed. This book deserves serious & voluminous praise, & I am grateful to the author for her having been motivated to & tenaciously pursued lucid explanatory approaches to the many facets of quantum mechanics & chemical bonding during the twenty year prelude which led to this book.
Very, Very Nicely Done - and Thank You...