doctorow — 2014-05-08T18:00:54-04:00 — #1
bzishi — 2014-05-08T19:28:12-04:00 — #2
What was he doing with a blackboard at the beach in the early 1920s?
It should be obvious. He was solving for the wave equation (of quantum mechanics).
crenquis — 2014-05-08T19:33:22-04:00 — #3
groan followed by [slow clap]
edited for accuracy
ghostly1 — 2014-05-08T19:47:41-04:00 — #4
Are we sure he didn't just like lying in bed with the covers over him and enjoying the half-awake, half-asleep superposition condition that persists until somebody pulls back the covers and observes him as either awake or asleep?.
libelle — 2014-05-08T20:58:56-04:00 — #5
He should have just had eine große Tasse Heissenberg Kaffe.
cardinalbiggles — 2014-05-08T22:46:41-04:00 — #6
In fact he was so out of it that sometimes when he woke up, he couldn't tell if his cat was dead or alive.
bucaneer — 2014-05-09T09:09:13-04:00 — #7
I feel sad for Schrödinger. A brilliant and accomplished scientist by all accounts, and known to pretty much everyone with a faint interest in science, but only through association with a single paragraph in one of his papers where he mocked a theory he disagreed with.
bzishi — 2014-05-09T09:31:04-04:00 — #8
Yep, he created an entire interpretation of QM by himself (one of the most legendary achievements in the history of science), but he is primarily remembered for that stupid cat.
malarkey — 2014-05-09T12:43:11-04:00 — #9
I would think he was writing something like this:
libelle — 2014-05-09T16:41:14-04:00 — #10
Well, yeah, that and ... The f'in Schrödinger Equation, which is pretty fundamental to anyone who has touched Quantum.
Oh wait. People with a faint interest in science don't learn quantum?
(slowly backs away while tryng to figure out how to convert the above into a rant against the educational system).
bucaneer — 2014-05-09T17:30:35-04:00 — #11
Yes, what I mean is that a lot (I'd wager a majority) of people who get a Schrödinger's cat joke don't know what the Copenhagen interpretation is, and would probably assume that the Schrödinger equation is a mathematical version of the cat thing.
shaddack — 2014-05-10T10:30:33-04:00 — #12
Schrodinger walks into the room, surveys his badly scratched students, and sighs, "I said THOUGHT experiment!"
doctorow — 2014-05-13T18:01:03-04:00 — #13
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