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quantum mechanics


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Quantum theory, especially the quantum theory of the structure and behavior of atoms and molecules.

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  • noun physics The branch of physics which studies matter and energy at the level of atoms and other elementary particles, and substitutes probabilistic mechanisms for classical Newtonian ones.
  • noun uncountable, by extension Something overly complicated or detailed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of quantum physics that accounts for matter at the atomic level; an extension of statistical mechanics based on quantum theory (especially the Pauli exclusion principle)


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  • If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics�?

    — Richard Feynman

    July 15, 2008