July 2, 2012
“I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.”
― Erwin Schrödinger (referring to Quantum Mechanics).
What better follow up to The Equation of Canine Chaos, then the infamous tale of Schrodinger’s Cat?
In Quantum Weirdness 101, we saw that the double-slit experiment revealed the wave-particle duality of sub-atomic quanta, and the fact that these troublesome little bits behave as if they are everywhere they could possibly be at once until an observer looks for them. While the experimental proof that this happens is rock-solid, the explanation for what causes it is anything but. For decades after its original discovery in the 1920’s, the predominant interpretation—essentially, in fact, the only one—was the so-called Copenhagen Interpretation. It essentially states that the universe is just fuzzy on the sub-atomic level, it doesn’t affect our everyday macro-world, and we mortals should not worry about…
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