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as in:  quantum mechanics

A photon is sometimes referred to as a "light quantum."
  physics:  the smallest indivisible quantity of something — especially energy
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  • A photon is sometimes referred to as a "light quantum."
  • Like quantum particles, they’re neither here nor there, impossible to place, impossible to predict.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • And that other thing—science—would still generate gravity and quantum physics and whatever.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • We kissed for a while and then lay together listening to The Hectic Glow’s eponymous album, and eventually we fell asleep like that, a quantum entanglement of tubes and bodies.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • I told him he could stay here and type my doctoral thesis on quantum physics, but he’s not interested.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Wit, valour, and politeness, were likewise proposed to be largely taxed, and collected in the same manner, by every person’s giving his own word for the quantum of what he possessed.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • If you are unable to make up your quantum, my boy, you had better address yourself to a principal; there are plenty of principals in the profession, you know, and what is not worth the while of one, may be worth the while of another; that’s my recommendation to you, speaking as a subordinate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In 2001, in the hours following the horrifying events of September 11, the field of Noetic Science made a quantum leap forward.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The electron wavelength is smaller than the quantum of light.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Your family genetic heritage, your specific DNA, your metabolic uniqueness, the quantum stuff that is going on at a subatomic level where only I am the always-present observer.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack

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  • He never goes anywhere, except to like lectures in quantum physics and stuff! ! I have got to see this for myself.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • "What if I embarrass you?" he said, as if posing a theory, like, say, quantum physics.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • "If the goal of visionaries is to make a quantum leap forward, the goal of pragmatists is to make a percentage improvement — incremental, measurable, predictable progress," Moore writes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • They both just looked at me, as if I’d suggested I could explain quantum physics while juggling bowling pins.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • His latest career goal is to be a quantum-physics genius.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • The reader will perhaps be curious to know the quantum of this present; but we cannot satisfy his curiosity.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • With a three-week time-debt, you can rendezvous with the Yggdrasill before it goes quantum from the Parvati system.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And if he was talking about the mysterious part of parentage, that our organs could receive waves or quanta of the same length, I didn’t know enough about it to differ with him.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage, i.e., that quantum of the means of subsistence, which is absolutely requisite in bare existence as a labourer.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Something about quantum reactions of the materials.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Once here, however, I am going to stay until to-morrow, and at any rate sleep _quantum satis.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • "But if the physics—the quantum physics—suggests that God exists, I’m more than willing to entertain the notion."
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • —Whose foulest cry was shafted with his passion, whose greatest music flowered out of filth— "Nulla potest mulier tantum se dicere amatam Vere, quantum a me Lesbia amata mea es."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But as a point of argument, in theory only, he wondered what we’d learn by going deeper into structures beneath the standard model, down under the quantum, a million billion times smaller than the old Greek atom.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The quantum physicists have it right; they are beginning to think like Indians: Everything is connected dynamically at an intimate level.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • They appeared to be mining not stone but white light, and when they took the stone in slabs and caused it to float through empty space, tracked by searchlights, hanging on gossamer cables and unseen chains, it was as if they were handling light in cubic measure, cutting and transporting it in dense selfgenerating quanta from the heart of magical cliffs.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "So," I said as he did another perfect throw, Jesus, "I’m all right if I suck at, say, quantum physics.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Closing his eyes, he tried to recall his memories of rendezvous just before the Templar ship went quantum.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Oh, yes, we were challenged the moment we tunneled down from quantum leap.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Most of Katherine’s books bore titles like Quantum Consciousness, The New Physics, and Principles of Neural Science.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • These great minds had all made quantum leaps in human understanding, advances that, according to some, were the result of their exposure to ancient wisdom hidden within the Invisible College.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The bright and sterile work space glistened with advanced quantitative equipment: paired electro encephalographs, a femtosecond comb, a magneto-optical trap, and quantum-indeterminate electronic noise REGs, more simply known as Random Event Generators.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The Consul could recall seeing no other passengers during his rushed hour between rendezvous and fugue, but he had put that down to the imminence of the treeship going quantum, assuming then that the passengers were safe in their fugue couches.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "So she came through quantum leap without fugue?" demanded Sol.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The thought that she was flying away from him faster than the speed of light, wrapped in the artificial quantum cocoon of the Hawking effect, seemed unnatural and ominous to him.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I’ve received letters from young soldiers in Iraq, telling me how reading popular accounts of relativity and quantum physics has provided them hope that there is something larger, something universal that binds us together.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Possibly to erase some quantum of knowledge that died with my cybrid.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • To handle every variable of space, time, and history as a quantum of manageable information.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The Hegemony had chosen us to help crew one of its precious quantum-leap spinships, so how could we be less than gods?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • When the Los Angeles spun back up to a quantum state, I went with her.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In recent years, however, these tanks had taken a quantum leap.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It sounds like your work in Noetics will be a quantum leap forward.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • One day soon the light would dawn, and mankind would finally begin to grasp the simple, transformative truth of the ancient teachings . and take a quantum leap forward in understanding his own magnificent nature.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But the success has not hitherto been answerable, partly by some error in the quantum or composition, and partly by the perverseness of lads, to whom this bolus is so nauseous, that they generally steal aside, and discharge it upwards, before it can operate; neither have they been yet persuaded to use so long an abstinence, as the prescription requires.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Once your needs for food and water are fulfilled, you move up to the next set of needs, security, and then the next and the next, but the important thing is that, according to Maslow, until your physiological needs are satisfied, you can’t even worry about security or social needs, let alone "self-actualization," which is when you start to, like, make art and think about morality and quantum physics and stuff.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • And even if I survive this-make my way back to Keats-arrange travel back to the Web-who would believe me?-’after nine years" absence from Pacem because of the quantum-leap time-debt-just an old man returning with the same lies he was exiled for-Oh, dear God, if they destroy the data let them destroy me as well.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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