Friday, May 4, 2012
Schrödinger. Top scientist. Nasty or nice?
It is all to do with quantum mechanics who don’t actually have ^_^ quantum wrenches as best as I know and it is all quite thought provoking now... and this was going on way back in 1935!
So, to show his point, this very clever guy Schrödinger said to imagine this cat. Locked in a box with some radioactive atoms and a Geiger counter. The Geiger counter is set to break a poison vial and kill the poor cat if it picks up radiation.
So Schrödinger said that his idea was if no one looked to check then after a while the cat would be both alive and dead at the same time.. a “Superposition” until someone looked. It is called the Copenhagen interpretation. If I have gotten this wrong I am sure someone can tell me.
All that is interesting, almost mystical… but not my point at all.
No. My point is what Schrödinger, this really clever guy, was imagining is a horrible, cruel, thing to imagine and no one seems to call him on it – ever. Why would he think that?
He didn’t have to imagine killing some poor cat did he? It could just have easily been a pin and a balloon or a clamp releasing a coin, could't it? Why the cat?