quantum theory

noun

1
: a theory in physics based on the concept of the subdivision of radiant energy into finite quanta and applied to numerous processes involving transference or transformation of energy in an atomic or molecular scale
2

Examples of quantum theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australia is playing to its strengths in quantum theory and photonics, notes Irfan Siddiqi, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley. science.org, 10 June 2024 Heisenberg and Bohr developed the Copenhagen interpretation amidst the blossoming of new quantum theories in the first half of the twentieth century. Sidney Perkowitz, JSTOR Daily, 5 June 2024 Wiesner, who took an unorthodox information-centric view of quantum theory, wondered whether it could be made useful. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 3 June 2024 His approach, as much as his own towering contributions, has inspired generations of philosophers, far beyond cognitive science and the philosophy of mind (his ideas have been influential in the interpretation of quantum theory, for instance). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for quantum theory 

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quantum theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantum%20theory. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

quantum theory

noun
: a theory in physics based on the idea that radiant energy (as light) is composed of small separate packets of energy

Medical Definition

quantum theory

noun
: a theory in physics based on the concept of the subdivision of radiant energy into finite quanta and applied to numerous processes involving transference or transformation of energy in an atomic or molecular scale

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