doctorow at May 8th, 2014 18:00 — #1
bzishi at May 8th, 2014 19:28 — #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 at May 8th, 2014 19:33 — #3
groan followed by [slow clap]
edited for accuracy
ghostly1 at May 8th, 2014 19:47 — #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 at May 8th, 2014 20:58 — #5
He should have just had eine große Tasse Heissenberg Kaffe.
cardinalbiggles at May 8th, 2014 22:46 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 09:09 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 09:31 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 12:43 — #9
I would think he was writing something like this:
libelle at May 9th, 2014 16:41 — #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 at May 9th, 2014 17:30 — #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 at May 10th, 2014 10:30 — #12
Schrodinger walks into the room, surveys his badly scratched students, and sighs, "I said THOUGHT experiment!"
doctorow at May 13th, 2014 18:01 — #13
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