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Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?

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    $\begingroup$ You might be interested in this answer to the older (and broader) "Why quantum mechanics?", since there the "natural" appearance of the commutation relations out of classical mechanics is discussed. $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Sep 13 '14 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ Essentially a duplicate of physics.stackexchange.com/q/46015/2451 $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Sep 13 '14 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic although I agree, I think OP may be looking for a somewhat more basic answer. $\endgroup$ – Danu Sep 13 '14 at 13:56

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