Schrödinger versus the morning


#1

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#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).


#3

groan followed by [slow clap]

edited for accuracy


#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?.


#5

He should have just had eine große Tasse Heissenberg Kaffe.


#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.


#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.


#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.


#9

I would think he was writing something like this:

=^…^=


#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).


#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.


#12

Schrodinger walks into the room, surveys his badly scratched students, and sighs, “I said THOUGHT experiment!”


#13

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