|Schrodinger's Cat (Image by Christian Schrim)|
Since this occurred way off-Broadway, she must have been referring to the president’s love of Felis silvestris catus. Turns out that Lincoln was in good company: Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale were also crazy for house cats.
Although these 19th-century luminaries preferred their cats alive, 20th-century physicist Erwin Schrodinger was less specific. In fact, he wasn’t quite sure what state of being his cat was in.
Schrodinger’s famous paradox “presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead.” This thought experiment presents a cat in a steel box, complete with radioactive material that may or may not trigger the release of a poisonous substance. The mathematical equation that depicts this uncertainty expresses a “wave-particle duality” which explains how the cat may be dead and alive at the same time.
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