© 2009

Compendium of Quantum Physics

  • Daniel Greenberger
  • Klaus Hentschel
  • Friedel Weinert
  • The definitive modern reference in the field

  • Written by leading quantum physicists, including three Nobel laureates

  • Comprehensive and yet concise

  • Ideal quick reference for students of physics and history/philosophy of science

  • Covers both technical and interpretational aspects of quantum theory

  • Gives carefully selected references to pertinent original literature

  • Includes English-German-French glossary of important terms


Table of contents

  1. Nicolaas P. Landsman
    Pages 64-70
  2. Anthony J. Leggett
    Pages 71-74
  3. Arianna Borrelli
    Pages 74-78
  4. Bruce R. Wheaton
    Pages 78-81
  5. Charlotte Bigg
    Pages 81-84
  6. Jeffrey Bub
    Pages 84-86
  7. Peter Milonni, Umar Mohideen
    Pages 87-88
  8. Theodore Arabatzis
    Pages 89-92
  9. Mauricio Suárez
    Pages 93-96
  10. Hans J. Briegel
    Pages 96-105
  11. Peter Milonni, Michael Martin Nieto
    Pages 106-108
  12. Oscar Wallace Greenberg
    Pages 109-111
  13. Henry Stapp
    Pages 111-113
  14. Roderich Tumulka
    Pages 114-115
  15. Friedel Weinert
    Pages 115-117
  16. Robert B. Griffiths
    Pages 117-122
  17. Richard Healey
    Pages 122-125
  18. Brigitte Falkenburg
    Pages 125-131

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

About the editors

Daniel Greenberger, Professor of Physics at the City College of New York, CUNY, USA

Klaus Hentschel, Professor of History of Science and Technology at Stuttgart University, Germany

Friedel Weinert, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bradford, UK

Bibliographic information


“From ‘Aharonov-Bohm effect’ through to ‘zero point energy’, this is a useful compendium of about 250 concepts, experimental facts, theoretical proposals, history, interpretations and philosophy. … it covers a big field and can be well recommended.” (K.-E. Hellwig, zbMATH 1318.81001, 2015)

“This is a wonderful book to dip into. … it begins with the Aharanov­–Bohm effect, runs through the Born Rule and the Copenhagen Interpretation … before ending with Zero-point Energy. … Kaiser on Feynman Diagrams nicely brings all those elements together, as does Lyre on Gauge Symmetry. … a book everyone interested in the history and philosophy of quantum physics should have on their desk or even at their bedside … . it should be on hand electronically via your library’s online access.” (Steven French, Metascience, June, 2011)

“This work is a collection of 185 articles written by 90 researchers in physics, philosophy, and history. … Each article aims to include a clear definition of the term, a history of the terminology, and a small list of references. This is a useful compendium … for persons involved in interdisciplinary work. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 47 (6), February, 2010)

“In diesem voluminösen Band behandeln Experten der experimentellen, theoretischen und mathematischen Physik ... Die einzelnen Artikel sind im Allgemei

nen sehr instruktiv geschrieben ... Besonders die Autoren aus der Physik haben sich große Mühe gegeben, ihre Themen zugleich präzise und verständlich zusammenzufassen. ... Ein schöner ausführlicher Artikel aus erster Hand widmet sich dem inzwischen fast dreißigjährigen Quanten-Hall-Effekt. ... Insgesamt darf man freilich das vorliegende Kompendium der Quantenphysik, gerade wegen seiner interdisziplinären Zusammensetzung, als eine sehr nützliche Bereicherung der quantentheoretischen Literatur empfehlen.“ (Helmut Rechenberg, in: Physik Journal, April/2010, Vol. 9, Issue 4, S. 56 f.)