Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Enigma of Schrödinger and His Cat

Nicki Edgell
Perhaps the most famous cat in physics belonged, theoretically at least, to Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger who in 1935 devised a thought experiment involving placing his cat inside a box with a vial of poison. Interpretations of quantum mechanics at the time suggested that the concealed cat could be both dead and alive simultaneously and indeed the experiment has often been cited to illustrate the possibility of the co-existence of parallel universes or alternative realities.

However, ironically this was actually a common misunderstanding as Schrödinger was actually trying to demonstrate that such quantum superposition could not apply to objects larger than atoms. This famous experiment became known as The Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox albeit Schrödinger, perhaps frustrated by misintepretations, is rumoured to have said, later in life, that he wished he had never met the cat!

About the Author

Nicki Edgell

I am a clinical Psycho-neuro-immunologist, Metabolic Balance Coach, Natural Nutritionist and Independent Nikken Consultant. I practice in Brighton in the South of England, helping individuals and groups towards the health, vitality and the life they want for themselves. I work under the principle that wellness depends on a balanced holistic approach to living, in all areas of your life: your body, mind, family, community and financial health all have an impact on your wellbeing.


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