The Experimental Origins of Quantum Mechanics

  • Brian C. Hall
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 267)


Quantum mechanics, with its controversial probabilistic nature and curious blending of waves and particles, is a very strange theory. It was not invented because anyone thought this is the way the world should behave, but because various experiments showed that this is the way the world does behave, like it or not. Craig Hogan, director of the Fermilab Particle Astrophysics Center, put it this way:


Quantum Mechanic Electromagnetic Radiation Interference Pattern Nobel Prize Wave Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian C. Hall
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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