Compendium of Quantum Physics

  • Daniel Greenberger
  • Klaus Hentschel
  • Friedel Weinert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Holger Lyre
    Pages 1-3
  3. Daniel Rohrlich
    Pages 3-6
  4. Nicolaas P. Landsman
    Pages 6-10
  5. Pages 10-10
  6. Jon Magne Leinaas
    Pages 10-14
  7. Anthony J. Leggett
    Pages 14-18
  8. Pages 18-18
  9. Pages 18-18
  10. Klaus Hentschel
    Pages 22-23
  11. Anthony J. Leggett
    Pages 24-31
  12. Daniel Rohrlich
    Pages 31-36
  13. Dieter Hoffmann
    Pages 36-39
  14. Clayton Gearhart
    Pages 39-42
  15. Basil J. Hiley
    Pages 43-47
  16. Detlev Dürr, Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka, Nino Zanghí
    Pages 47-55
  17. Basil J. Hiley
    Pages 55-58
  18. Arne Schirrmacher
    Pages 58-61
  19. Helge Kragh
    Pages 62-64

About this book


With contributions by many of today's leading quantum physicists, philosophers and historians, including three Nobel laureates, this comprehensive A to Z of quantum physics provides a lucid understanding of the key concepts of quantum theory and experiment. It covers technical and interpretational aspects alike, and includes both traditional topics and newer areas such as quantum information and its relatives. The central concepts that have shaped contemporary understanding of the quantum world are clearly defined, with illustrations where helpful, and discussed at a level suitable for undergraduate and graduate students of physics, history of science, and philosophy of physics. All articles share three main aims: (1) to provide a clear definition and understanding of the term concerned; (2) where possible, to trace the historical origins of the concept; and (3) to provide a small but optimal selection of references to the most relevant literature, including pertinent historical studies. Also discussed are the often contentious philosophical implications derived from quantum theory and its associated experimental findings.

This compendium will be an indispensable resource for all those seeking concise up-to-date information about the many facets of quantum physics.


History of quantum mechanics Philosophy of physics Quantum Compendium Quantum Lexicon Quantum mechanics Quantum theory linear optimization science

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Greenberger
    • 1
  • Klaus Hentschel
    • 2
  • Friedel Weinert
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Section for the History of Science & TechnologyUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Department of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-70622-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-70626-7
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