One of my favorite thought experiments. Yes, really. Just one of them!
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- Sad no one has pointed out yet that the experiment must be triggered by a quantum event (subjected to quantum uncertainty) affecting macroscopic events, otherwise there's no superposition of living/dead cat. A barrel of explosives would not produce that.Feb 16, 2012
- There doesn’t need to be a quantum event in the Schrödinger's cat experiment. The cat represents subatomic particles in that we don’t know their position until we measure them. Until we do the particles exist in all possible states.
So until we know whether the cat is alive or dead it is both; that is the superposition. By opening the door and observing we cause the superposition to collapse into one of the two possibilities i.e. either a dead cat or a living cat.Feb 16, 2012
- multiple people have pointed that out :) and yes, there does need to be a quantum event linked to the cat for the experiment to make sense. In the macroscopic world we normally live in, there are no superpositions. Without that part of the experiment, the cat is either alive or dead, and we just don't know yet.Feb 17, 2012
- what this?Feb 17, 2012
- Not only a thought experiment anymore :) : http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/aaron_o_connell_making_sense_of_a_visible_quantum_object.htmlFeb 18, 2012
- I really like that explanatory video and the drawings in it. I couldn't resist getting this very amusing Schrodingers Cat t-shirt, which plays on the current fad for zombies, with the cat both dead and alive, my favourite of all the Schrodingers Cat t-shirts around
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