• Question: do you believe in the shrodinger effect

    Asked by jubril to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 18 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Kevin Motherway

      Kevin Motherway answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      See the joke from my profile:

      Garda stops Erwin Schrödinger at a checkpoint and asks where he’s going. “On my way to the lab and it’s really urgent I get there soon”. The Garda says it won’t take long and can he have a look in his boot. Garda has a thorough root around and then shouts “Hey, did you know you’ve got a dead cat in a box back here?”. Schrödinger shouts back, really annoyed “Well, it is NOW!”.

      Schrodinger was actually being quite scornful of the whole notion of probability being the explanation for the missing link in Quantum theory. “How can the cat be both alive and dead, it’s nonsense”. Was really the point he was getting across.

      So yes I do believe in Schrodingers analogy as I don’t really understand quantum theory but I do know that although it is very difficult to understand quantum theory that mathematically the predictions it makes, work and are the basis of a lot of the electronics around us.

    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      Hi 449bera37,

      I am really not that great in Quantum physics but Schrödinger’s equation was the starting point for every quantum mechanical system we want to describe: electrons, protons, and neutrons, whatever. The equation has held its own in most of the experiments So, I would appreciate his efforts which actually gave birth to quantum physics. But its really difficult for me to conclude whether it is right or wrong