A ‘quantum’ is a quantity of something, a specific amount. “Mechanics” is the study of motion. Therefore “quantum mechanics” is the study of the motion of quantities. Quantum theory says that nature comes in bits and pieces (quanta), and quantum mechanics is the study of this phenomenon.

To say that we have made a major new discovery about nature is one side of the coin. The other side of the coin is to say that we have found the limits of our previous theories.

Quantum mechanics resulted from the study of the subatomic realm, that invisible universe underlying, embedded in, and forming the fabric of everything around us.



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