Schrödinger's Cat Experiment Explained

It's all about the strange nature of quantum superpositions


Wed, Oct 15th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

TED-Ed educator Chad Orzel explains the importance of Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger's thought experiment, a paradox in which a cat in a box could be both alive and dead. Schrödinger's example intended to explain the quantum superposition of an atom or a photon which "can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes." My head hurts now, I'm going to listen to some Katy Perry.

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Chad Orzel investigates this thought experiment.



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