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The Meaning of "Quantum"

I've frequently been hearing the word quantum, and of course, the new James Bond just came out, Quantum of Solace.

Coincidentally, I recently bought the collected James Bond short stories by Ian Fleming (most of which I'd never suspected the existence), and one of them is also entitled Quantum of Solace.

The story has nothing to do with the film -- the stories just supply the new film titles.

I realized that I had no idea what quantum means, so I looked it up.

Quantum (n, plural quanta): the smallest discrete amount of any quantity.

Quantum (adj): significant (frequently used to describe a change).

In addition, there are several meanings that apply to specific scientific theories or contexts.

sources:

Tripod.com/L_Asproni/
www4.NAU.edu
Wiktionary.org
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