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  • Physicists scoop information from Schrodinger's cat box [Quantum Mechanics]

    01/22/2014 2:53:50 PM PST · by ETL · 86 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 21, 2014 | Eoin O'Carroll
    In a paper published in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications and titled "Direct measurement of a 27-dimensional orbital-angular-momentum state vector," a team of physicists led by the University of Rochester's Mehul Malik describe how they circumvented a basic principle of uncertainty that requires that some states of a quantum system must be understood poorly if other states are to be understood well. Determining a quantum state, such as the position of an electron or the momentum of a photon, is tricky, to say the least. That's because subatomic particles behave nothing at all like billiard balls,...
  • Schrodinger's Cat

    12/31/2002 12:30:58 PM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 7 replies · 349+ views
    Pure Drivel by Steve Martin ^ | September 8, 1999 | Steve Martin
    Schrodinger's Cat A cat is placed in a box, together with a radioactive atom. If the atom decays, a hammer kills the cat; if the atom doesn't decay, the cat lives. As the atom is considered to be in either state before the observer opens the box, the cat must thus be considered to be simultaneously dead and alive. -ERWIN SCHODINGER'S CAT PARADOX, 1935 Wittgenstein's Banana A banana is flying first class from New York to L.A. Two scientists, one in each city, are talking on the phone about the banana. Because it is moving in relationship to its noun,...