Read in the NYTimes:
"Terry Sullivan, the executive director of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the pace of appointments [said] 'The federal government is quantum times larger than the largest American corporation. It puts Exxon Mobil in the shade. It is a reflection of naïveté about how big the U.S. government is.'”
I quess Mr Sullivan doesn't know that a "quantum" is defined as "the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess"
So a "quantum increase" would be just a tiny bit larger and the result of multiplying a large number (the largest American corporation) by a tiny fraction of itself (its quantum) will be a number much smaller than the original large number.
I guess the quotation reflects a certain naivete about meaning of the words he uses.
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- Grand Panjandrum
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I agree, especially in the usage in your quote. But I believe I have heard the expression "quantum shift" in the sense of a radical paradym change comparable to that in physics when quantum mechanics came into play. Results and their implications still roil scientists today with the wierdest consequences immaginabke!
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