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Reid Nichol rnichol_rrc at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 21 00:35:36 CEST 2004


Peter Hansen wrote:
> Tim Hochberg wrote:
> 
>> Reid Nichol wrote:
>>
>>> Gerrit Muller wrote:
>>>
>>>> and then a quantum leap towards Python.
>>>
>>> You're aware that a quantum leap means a extremely small leap, right?
>>
>>
>> While quanta are typically very-very-very small, last I checked the 
>> key feature of quantum transitions is not that they're small, but that 
>> there are no intermediate steps. The object is in state A then it's in 
>> state B, but it's never halfway (or anywhere) between. Like most 
>> quantum stuff it's better not to think about that too closely.
> 
> 
> And at least some dictionaries give it as a synonym for "large"
> or "significant".  (www.m-w.com for one)
> 
> -Peter

Such things are only the result of a misunderstanding of the word some 
time ago.  Even though it is wrong, it has become common use, thus the 
incorrect definition definition(s).



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