The aim of the first chapter is to give two descriptions of classical and quantum mechanics, each of which enables one to see in a different way what their common properties as well as their striking differences are. The first description focuses on the observables of the theory, whereas the second one is based on the pure states.


Poisson Bracket Symplectic Manifold Poisson Structure Poisson Algebra Coadjoint Orbit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. P. Landsman
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  1. 1.Korteweg-de Vries Institute for MathematicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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