Quantum Mechanics

(112 words)
  • Editors

Historical Context Note

Quantum mechanics is general name given to modern theories of sub-atomic matter. Rather than matter being seen as simple substance in space -- as in the model of the atom as a set of electrons spinning around a central nucleus -- quantum mechanics treats matter in terms of what we can actually know about such entities: there are in certain places at certain times quanta of energy which we can measure and map in terms of mathematical matrices. The first theorisation of quanta is found in Albert Einstein's seminal papers of 1905 (q.v.). Other notable contributors to the development of the theory were Max Planck, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg (q.v.)

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Editors. "Quantum Mechanics". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=914, accessed 24 September 2016.]