Rewiring the System

Is The Cat Alive?

Posted in Science by rewiringangel on August 12, 2013
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Apparently, today, it is Erwin Schrodingers 126th Birthday, the father of the wave formulation of quantum mechanics. IE, as close to a human God as has ever been born. He also was quite the lover of life for a mathematical physicist.



Check out the doodle and read his wiki article.

Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and aradioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either aliveor dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

“In 1944, he wrote: What is Life?, which contains a discussion of negentropy and the concept of a complex molecule with the genetic code for living organisms. According to James D. Watson’s memoir, DNA, the Secret of Life, Schrödinger’s book gave Watson the inspiration to research the gene, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix structure in 1953. Similarly, Francis Crick, in his autobiographical book What Mad Pursuit, described how he was influenced by Schrödinger’s speculations about how genetic information might be stored in molecules. However, the geneticist and 1946 Nobel-prize winner H.J. Muller had in his 1922 article “Variation due to Change in the Individual Gene”[11] already laid out all the basic properties of the heredity molecule that Schrödinger derives from first principles in What is Life?, properties which Muller refined in his 1929 article “The Gene As The Basis of Life”[12] and further clarified during the 1930s, long before the publication of What is Life?.”

I bet you didn’t know that did you?


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