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Schrodinger’s Cat – probability at play

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Today’s word is not mine but of a force to reckon with relative to the engineering sphere of life. As an engineer in the making, I took it upon myself to get materials on this topic which I find fascinating – not as the girl with the fascinating identity :P, but of the science behind probability. So what you’ll read next is by the Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935.


Schrödinger’s Cat: A cat, along with a flask containing a poison, is placed in a sealed box shielded against environmentally induced quantum decoherence. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation then the flask is shattered, releasing the poison which kills the cat. Quantum mechanics suggests that after a while the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not a mixture of alive and dead.

So what then shall we say of the science of probabity – has it failed us after all, or is there a part of science that has been decieving us all this while, hiding the reality of what is? Well I’ll leave that up to you to decide. 

Happuna! Schrodiness!

Written by Nubi Kayode

April 7, 2009 at 00:26

Posted in Uncategorized

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