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Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar... and doesn't, amirite?

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You're really pretty : )

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I was.

Anonymous 0Reply

-doesn't get it-

@Nataschalea -doesn't get it-

It's an experiment Scrodinger performed. He put a cat in a box, which he rigged with some sort of toxin that would break and kill the cat at a random time. So, until the box is opened, the cat must be presumed to be both dead and alive.

@ryanpeplin It wasn't an actual experiment he performed it was just a thought experiment.

For the longest time when I was younger I thought it was an actual experiment, I was relieved when I found out it wasn't, lol.

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@ryanpeplin It wasn't an actual experiment he performed it was just a thought experiment.

Yeah, I know, I checked it afterwards, as it isn't something I know too much about.

Bonus points for the umlaut!

Anonymous +15Reply

Anyone else first hear about this on Big Bang Theory?

I love this post so much. <3

..but not both.

I'm so glad I read "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" now.
DFTBA!!!

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Anonymous +2Reply

Ohyes. Inner geek is jumping for joy. I love this. And don't.

Mementos avatar Memento Yeah You Are +6Reply

I understand it but I don't see how it is that funny

Anonymous +5Reply

According to quantum mechanics and, more specifically Schrödinger's equation, it's not that we don't know whether or not the cat is dead or alive, it's that, to the outside universe, all possibilities are happening at the same time. As for the electron "cloud", that's chalked up to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Theory (look it up) and, again Schrödingers equation.

And bonus points for knowing what an umlaut is, Anonymous, lol.

P.S. Does the word umlaut have an umlaut? I'm not actually sure, lol.

P.P.S. And yes, it is indeed physics, not chem. Chemistry is physics, but physics is not chem.

P.P.P.S Look up Schrödinger's cat on wikipedia, it has a fairly easy to understand article.

Anonymous +5Reply

Can someone please explain??
I'm confused.

Anonymous +1Reply
@Can someone please explain?? I'm confused.

Erwin Schrödinger proposed this Idea

The thought experiment went like this: A cat is placed in a room that is separated from the outside world. A Geiger counter and a little bit of a radioactive element are in the room. Within some time, say one hour, one of the atoms of the radioactive material may decay or it may not. The Geiger counter can measure that. If the material breaks down, it will release poisonous gas, which will kill the cat.
The question now is: at the end of the hour, is the cat alive or dead?
Schrödinger says that as long as the door is closed, the cat could be dead or alive. There is no way to know until the door is opened.

This experiment has a lot to do with probability in quantum mechanics where nothing actually happens until it is 'interfered' with or rather observed.

@Can someone please explain?? I'm confused.

it was on the big bang theory (: thats how I learnt it.

quintanaas avatar quintanaa Yeah You Are +6Reply
@Can someone please explain?? I'm confused.

its kinda complicated. pretty much it is just something, where depending on set circumstances, one thing can happen or another thing can happen. but because we don't know the circumstances, technically both are simultaneously happening at the same time, thus the cat is both walking into a bar and isn't walking into a bar.

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Am I the only one saddened by how many people are saying they learned this on The Big Bang Theory?

@Totobean Am I the only one saddened by how many people are saying they learned this on The Big Bang Theory?

I knew about it since i was like 12, my brother told me about it. As far as i remember it was actually used to criticize a theory rather than to enforce one which i think most people don't know.

Anonymous 0Reply

I love this. So much.

Doesn't TI rule this out? The idea of the universe kind of splitting off into two? And when I read this, I laughed, but practically no one else in my family got it...

Anonymous 0Reply

thats the cat that is presumed both dead and alive until the box is opened right?

miggless avatar miggles Yeah You Are 0Reply

fuck yeah

Anonymous 0Reply

I love this :)

Anonymous 0Reply

I'm still confused.

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@I'm still confused.

You have to be at least partially familiar with the basic concepts of quantum physics/willing to let go of your intuitive Newtonian view of the universe in order to understand it. Read up on it via wikipedia, it actually does help, but it can take a while to get through it all if you follow all the blue terms.

Anonymous +4Reply

hahaha i learned about that on big bang theory :)

When the cat stops meowing, wouldn't you know it's dead ? ;P

@bananapie When the cat stops meowing, wouldn't you know it's dead ? ;P

It is separated from our perception, not just visually, but physically as well. We would be unable to hear the meowing.

I know what Shrodinger's cat is, but I still don't get the post.

Explanation for the stupid people? Please?

Anonymous 0Reply

This post is so awesome.

Anonymous 0Reply

just looked it up. in the middle of a serious minfuck

Loooooove this post. I'm a huge big bang fan and a giant nerd :D Probably my favorite post ever!

I learned about Schrödinger's cat from a easter egg in Bioshock 2 :)

this is now the post of two days! muahaha!

Anonymous 0Reply

i love this post!

I DON"T GET IT!!!!!!! :(

Anonymous -2Reply

What does this post have to do with opinion? If it's a theory or law or whatever then....

Chem jokes FTW!

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@Chem jokes FTW!

lol how is this a chemistry joke?

Anonymous +10Reply
@lol how is this a chemistry joke?

My thoughts exactly, what does this have to do with chemistry?

@JDM242 My thoughts exactly, what does this have to do with chemistry?

I was taught this in Chemistry class, as an analogy for the location of electrons orbiting an atom. Electrons don't actually go around in perfect circles, they actually are in more of a random cloud formation around the nucleus. There is no way for us to determine where exactly an electron is at a certain time in the same way that you don't know where exactly the cat is. Where did you learn it?

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