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Google Doodle Celebrates Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrödinger

Google Doodle celebrates Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger

You might have noticed another one of those Google doodles that occasionally show up when you log in. Today marks what would have been Erwin Schrödinger’s 126th birthday.

But who was this man that is immortalized on the most used search engine in the world along with … cats?

The Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize winner was born August 12, 1887 and is famous for being the founder of quantum physics.

You might be asking yourself what the cats are doing in the doodle.

They are there to explain his famous thought experiment known as “Schrödinger’s Cat” proposed to help explain quantum mechanics.

The “Schrödinger’s Cat” experiment consists of a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source which are placed on a sealed box.

If an internal monitor detects radioactivity, the flask is shattered and releases poison, which kills the cat.

The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics concludes that after a time, the cat is alive and dead at the same time, yet when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either dead or alive, but not both.

This poses the question: When exactly superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other?

Even though the experiment was only in Schrödinger’s imagination similar principles have been applied in practical applications.

The Austrian physicist worked with Albert Einstein for a period of time and also developed what is known as Schrödinger’s wave equation.

This was an important discovery in the field of wave mechanics for which he shared the 1993 Nobel Prize for Physics with British physicist P.A.M. Dirac.

Some of Schrödinger’s favorite things in life, other than physics were skiing, swimming, skating, and mountain climbing, according to Time Magazine.

Watch this short video which explains “Schrödinger’s Cat””

Today’s Google doodle honoree, Erwin Schrödinger, died of Tuberculosis on January 4, 1961.

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6 Responses to “Google Doodle Celebrates Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrödinger”

  1. Ettore Greco

    Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Einstein’s theory of Relativity and all this speculation about probabilities is simply a waste of energy from these 3 brains. When will we have a new wave of scientists?

    “Destiny implies one certainty of Movement in Time for any particle in the Universe.
    The credibility of this Divine concept was placed in doubt by a small group of scientists beginning in 1927 when they imposed, in legal terms for science, their personal interpretation of both Quantum Mechanics and concept of causality.

    That year in Copenhagen, the scientist Heisenberg introduced the “uncertainty principle” and according to this it is not possible to exactly determine at the same Time the Space and Movement of a particle. The problem is that to obtain an exact position occupied in Space, for example, by an electron it takes the use of short wavelengths which transfer to the electron a great amount of energy turning that electron unpredictable and uncontrollable. Instead, to obtain a precise account of the Movement of the electron it takes a very small amount of light (very long wave) which results in a poor definition of the position in Space of that particle. The more exact and defined is the Space of a particle the more difficult is to know its Movement and vice versa. Heisenberg manifested his frustration in the inability to determine the exact position of an electron and with his uncertainty principle it was then decided that what could not be observed with human eye will not be part of science.
    Since then, simultaneity and repeatability remain the boundaries of traditional science.

    Nevertheless, the fact that we can not yet observe the exact Space and Movement of one electron should not imply that the electron does not occupy one position in Space at any given moment in Time.

    It is evident that our knowledge occurs through the perception of our senses but it should be equally evident that One World exists and It is independent from our senses.

    The philosophy of Subjectivism from Bohr, Einstein and Heisenberg believes that when one electron or one photon is not observed it does not have any position and its position becomes materialized only as consequence of one human observation.
    In the name of science, that arrogant assumption was sealed by these three scientists since 1927, and made into a "law".

    Besides that, the erroneous theory of Relativity from Einstein reports that any Absolute could never exist, also eliminating the possibility of existence of any One Truth.

    One new Progressive Science will have to become more relevant before Humankind could see the first light of a new dawn.”.

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