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.
Physicists propose using time crystals to bring about a quantum computing revolution.
A new report calls on the departments of certain scientific fields to double the number of black students by 2030.
- A new report calls for doubling the number of undergrad degrees awarded to black students in physics and astronomy by 2030.
- In the United States, black students earned a total of 223 bachelor's degrees in physics and just 10 in astronomy in 2018.
- The report found that unsupportive environments in physics and astronomy departments and systemic financial challenges faced by black students contributed to the underrepresentation of black students.
The outer edges of a black hole might be "fuzzy" instead of neat and smooth.
- A recent study analyzed observations of gravitational waves, first observed in 2015.
- The data suggests, according to the researchers, that black holes aren't bounded by smooth event horizons, but rather by a sort of quantum fuzz, which would fit with the idea of Hawking radiation.
- If confirmed, the findings could help scientists better understand how general relativity fits with quantum mechanics.
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