Genius Series: Why Schrödinger's cat is the ultimate reality check
Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.
- Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.
- In this design, we pay tribute to the ultimate reality check in physics: Schrödinger's cat!
- Erwin Schrödinger was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Other geniuses in this series include Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie and Isaac Newton.
Quantum mechanics has produced its share of weird ideas, not least of which is Schrödinger's cat, a famous thought experiment devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 to point out flaws in the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Albert Einstein, who was never completely comfortable with much of quantum mechanics, agreed with Schrödinger's point, writing to him: "You are the only contemporary physicist, besides Laue, who sees that one cannot get around the assumption of reality, if only one is honest." Learn more about what the famous thought experiment means.
If you're on board with Einstein and Schrödinger, shop from our Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more. One of our designs pays tribute to Schrödinger's ultimate reality check (look for the cat) and his monumental equation, which was a landmark contribution to quantum mechanics.
New study figures out how stars produce gamma ray bursts.
From talking about Schrödinger's cat to nuking the South Pole, this decades-old interview shows why Kaku was born to be a science educator.
- Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and renowned science communicator.
- In 1991, he sat down for an hour-long interview in which he discussed climate change, nuclear weapons, human evolution, and more.
- Kaku is a regular contributor to Big Think.
Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos.
When a hot plume of rock rises through the Earth's mantle to puncture the overlying crust, it can create not only a volcanic ocean island, but also a swell in the ocean floor hundreds to thousands of kilometers long.
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