Leonard Mandel

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Leonard Mandel (May 9, 1927February 9, 2001) was the Lee DuBridge Professor Emeritus of Physics and Optics at the University of Rochester. He contributed immensely to theoretical and experimental optics. With Emil Wolf he published the highly-regarded book Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics.


  • Concepts like these can seem remote, until you explain with analogies taken from everyday life. But unfortunately some ideas do not lend themselves to familiar analogies.
  • We are trying to understand the implications of quantum mechanics. The subject is very old, but we are still learning.
    • as quoted by John Hogan, in Quantum Philosophy, Scientific American (July 1992)
  • It's kind of interesting to show that the strange features of quantum mechanics are actually observed. We still don't totally understand what it means.

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