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The indivisible unit in which waves of energy may be emitted or absorbed.
The concept originally arose from asking why a star emitted at all frequencies without generating an infinite amount of energy and exhausting itself.
The integer quantum makes only certain frequencies possible: so stars are not emitting at an infinite number of frequencies; therefore, stars do not emit an infinite amount of energy.
Quantum mechanics is the study of physics at the quantum level, rather than the gross level which sophonts naturally perceive.
Refs: HIWGq, 1120