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The Schrodinger’s Cat Paradox: Dr Erwin Schrodinger

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Dr. Erwin Schrodinger was a physicist in the twentieth century. He made groundbreaking discoveries in his field, for which he earned the Nobel Prize in 1927. Schrodinger was also a published author and remains a well-known scientist today.
Schrodinger devised what is known as the “Schrodinger’s Cat Paradox” in 1935. It was one of his later discoveries and was worked on after extensive correspondence with Albert Einstein. Dr. Schrodinger earned his PhD in physics in 1910 from the University of Vienna in Austria. Though the Schrodinger Cat thought experiment is well known, Schrodinger earned his Nobel Prize for work on the movement of electrons (known as ‘Schrodinger’s Wave Theory’) in ...view middle of the document...

Schrodinger successfully discredited the Copenhagen Interpretation, which is no longer the accepted theory for quantum physics. Today most scientists believe in the ‘Many Worlds’ theory, which states that for each possible outcome of any given situation or action, the universe splits to accommodate every outcome.
The hypothetical experiment is composed of a cat sealed in a box. This box contains a sample of radioactive material, a Geiger counter, a hammer, and a bottle of acid (Einstein’s version of this thought experiment contained unstable gunpowder instead). The radioactive material could emit an alpha particle (the nucleus of a Helium atom; two protons and two neutrons) at any given time which when the Geiger counter detects said particle, a hammer would strike the flask of poison or acid and kill the cat. The other possibility inside the sealed box is that the radioactive material doesn’t emit a particle, the poison stays in its bottle, and the cat lives. Since the box is sealed, there is no way of knowing what has happened until the box is opened and the outcome is observed. According to the Copenhagen Interpretation, the two possible outcomes occur at the same time until Nature is forced to...

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