Quantum Mechanics

[Revised entry by Jenann Ismael on February 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text] Quantum mechanics is, at least at first glance and at least in part, a mathematical machine for predicting the behaviors
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[Revised entry by Jenann Ismael on February 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text] Quantum mechanics is, at least at first glance and at least in part, a mathematical machine for predicting the behaviors of microscopic particles - or, at least, of the measuring instruments we use to explore those behaviors - and in that capacity, it is spectacularly successful: in terms of power and precision, head and shoulders above any theory we have ever had. Mathematically, the theory is well understood; we know what its parts are, how they are put together, and...

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