Schrodinger’s cat Paradox and why Erwin Schrodinger quit physics and became a biologist
Erwin Schrodinger who used to be a physicist, after his thought experiment about Schrodinger’s cat he quit his job as a physicist and became a biologist but before becoming a biologist he made his name in physics. He has contributed in many fields like quantum mechanics and standard physics.
Let’s not talk about his contribution, we are here to talk about his famous thought experiment which is known as Schrodinger’s cat paradox.
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What is Schrodinger’s cat paradox?
So guys let’s see who is the real scientist among us and who can solve this paradox. So I will try my best to not talk in deep and in scientific words so you can understand this paradox.
Actually this paradox is illustration which present’s a hypothetical cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state that is known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur.
This experiment is quantum experiment according to which, at one time multiple things can occur in quantum level until it interacts with, or is observed by the external world. In probability, there is multiple outcomes which can occur but in the last there will be only one outcome, but in superposition multiple outcomes occur.
Let,s talk about Cat, so what Schrodinger proposed. There is a steel chamber in which a cat is penned or kept with some devices including a Geiger counter(Geiger counter is an instrument used for detecting and measuring ionizing radiation).
In Geiger Counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives.
If meanwhile, no atom has decayed. The first atomic decay would have poisoned it. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat mixed or smeared out in equal parts.
So what will happen in this scenario there is two possibilities and it can be solved by opening the chamber but the question is what will happen does cat is alive or dead, what will you or Schrodinger observe after opening the chamber?
This question that what will happen does cat will be alive or dead? What will happen does radioactive material will decay or not? This question forced Schrodinger to quit physics and he became a successful biologist after this thought experiment.
Counter Theory of Schrodinger’s cat paradox
Now you intelligent guys will start giving statements that a cat will be alive or dead but if you study deep quantum physics both things will be happening there will be two possibilities but what is real or what will happen in real-time? Is there are two states of any object or thing?
Many scientists tried to solve this problem many of them said this experiment is not possible because Schrodinger never mentioned exactly the situation like what is the quantity of gunpowder in the Geiger counter.
And the famous counter-theory to this experiment is given by Hugh Everett that many worlds exist. According to this theory, the time or world divides into two-part, in one world cat will be dead but in the other world, the cat will die. Both states ‘alive and dead’ exists but are decoherent(means there’s no phase relation between different states) from each other.
And many theories and interpretations are made to solve this theory but according to me due to inappropriate information by Erwin Schrodinger, it is not possible to solve this paradox.
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