Monday’s Google doodle celebrates the birthday of physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his work in quantum mechanics.

Schrödinger won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1933 at the age of forty-six for his work in theoretical physics and what is now known as the Schrödinger equation.

The brightly colored doodle features two cartoon cats, one alive, one dead – the famous cat paradox. Schrödinger formed the paradox to explain the status of waves and subatomic particles.

“In any physical system, without observation, you cannot say what something is doing. You have to say it can be any of these things it can be doing – even if the probability is small,” explained professor Eric Martell, who teaches physics and astronomy at Millikin University, to National Geographic.


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  • EttoreGreco
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    Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Einstein’s theory of Relativity and all this speculation about probabilities is simply a waste of energy from these 3 brains. When will we have a new wave of scientists?

    “Destiny implies one certainty of Movement in Time for any particle in the Universe.
    The credibility of this Divine concept was placed in doubt by a small group of scientists beginning in 1927 when they imposed, in legal terms for science, their personal interpretation of both Quantum Mechanics and concept of causality.

    That year in Copenhagen, the scientist Heisenberg introduced the “uncertainty principle” and according to this it is not possible to exactly determine at the same Time the Space and Movement of a particle. The problem is that to obtain an exact position occupied in Space, for example, by an electron it takes the use of short wavelengths which transfer to the electron a great amount of energy turning that electron unpredictable and uncontrollable. Instead, to obtain a precise account of the Movement of the electron it takes a very small amount of light (very long wave) which results in a poor definition of the position in Space of that particle. The more exact and defined is the Space of a particle the more difficult is to know its Movement and vice versa. Heisenberg manifested his frustration in the inability to determine the exact position of an electron and with his uncertainty principle it was then decided that what could not be observed with human eye will not be part of science.
    Since then, simultaneity and repeatability remain the boundaries of traditional science.

    Nevertheless, the fact that we can not yet observe the exact Space and Movement of one electron should not imply that the electron does not occupy one position in Space at any given moment in Time.

    It is evident that our knowledge occurs through the perception of our senses but it should be equally evident that One World exists and It is independent from our senses.

    The philosophy of Subjectivism from Bohr, Einstein and Heisenberg believes that when one electron or one photon is not observed it does not have any position and its position becomes materialized only as consequence of one human observation.
    In the name of science, that arrogant assumption was sealed by these three scientists since 1927, and made into a "law".

    Besides that, the erroneous theory of Relativity from Einstein reports that any Absolute could never exist, also eliminating the possibility of existence of any One Truth.

    One new Progressive Science will have to become more relevant before Humankind could see the first light of a new dawn.”

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