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Quantum Mechanics by Giorgio Parisi, Mauro Fortunato, Gennaro Auletta

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Introduction

Why yet another book on quantum mechanics? Quantum mechanics was born in the first quarter of the twentieth century and has received an enormous number of theoretical and experimental confirmations over the years. It is considered to be the fundamental physical paradigm, and has a wide range of applications, from cosmology to chemistry, and from biology to information sciences. It is one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the past century. As an effect of its invention, the very concept of physical reality was changed, and “observation,” “measurement,” “prediction,” and “state of the system” acquired a new and deeper meaning.

Probability was not unknown in physics: it was introduced by Boltzmann in order to control the ...

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