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Essential Quantum Mechanics$
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Gary Bowman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228928.001.0001

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Introduction: Three Worlds

Introduction: Three Worlds

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Three Worlds
Essential Quantum Mechanics

Gary E. Bowman

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter outlines the differences between classical physics and quantum physics by positing three imaginary worlds. World 1 is governed by the laws of classical Newtonian mechanics, World 2 by classical field physics, and World 3 by quantum physics. The point is that classical physics deals with well-defined, continuously-existing physical quantities, including trajectories, while quantum physics is fundamentally about physical quantities defined in terms of probability functions.

Keywords:   particles, trajectories, classical physics, quantum physics, probability function

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