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Quantum mechanics (QM) or Quantum Physics, is a branch of physics that provides a mathematical description of much of the behavior and interactions of energy and matter at the atomic and subatomic scales. The name derives from the observation that some physical quantities—such as the angular momentum or, more generally, the action of, for example, an electron bound into an atom or molecule—can be changed only by discrete amounts, or quanta as multiples of the Planck constant, rather than being capable of varying continuously or by any arbitrary amount. An electron bound in an atomic orbital has quantized values of angular momentum while an unbound electron does not exhibit quantized energy levels but the latter is associated with a quantum mechanical wavelength. In the context of QM, the wave–particle duality of energy and matter at the atomic scale provides a unified view of the behavior of particles such as photons and electrons and other atomic-scale particles
Wave function collapse
In quantum mechanics, wave function collapse (also called collapse of the state vector or reduction of the wave packet) is a postulated process by which a wave function, initially in a superposition of different eigenstates, appears to reduce to a single one of the states after interaction with an observer. In simplified terms, it is the condensation of physical possibilities into a single occurrence, as seen by an observer.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Quantum mechanics very well could be the final frontier.
Radin also touched on the coming of quantum computing, a huge increase in power that would allow computers to go beyond just calculating 0's and 1's, and possibly surpass the human brain. One quantum desktop model could out compute all the current computers on the planet combined.