History UsefulNotes / SchrodingersCat

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The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger%27s_cat Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment]] is increasing in popularity as a {{Motif}} in fiction. Erwin Schrödinger's thought experiment involved a cat sealed inside a box with a Geiger counter. The Geiger counter controls a mechanism to smash a vial of toxic gas, killing the cat. A small amount of radioactive substance is placed near the Geiger counter, calibrated so that there is a 50% chance of triggering the death trap within one hour. The thing is, after an hour, until the box is open, there is ''no way'' to determine whether the cat inside is alive or dead, thus allowing the cat to be ''both'' alive and dead.

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The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger%27s_cat org/wiki/Schrödinger%27s_cat Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment]] is increasing in popularity as a {{Motif}} in fiction. Erwin Schrödinger's thought experiment involved a cat sealed inside a box with a Geiger counter. The Geiger counter controls a mechanism to smash a vial of toxic gas, killing the cat. A small amount of radioactive substance is placed near the Geiger counter, calibrated so that there is a 50% chance of triggering the death trap within one hour. The thing is, after an hour, until the box is open, there is ''no way'' to determine whether the cat inside is alive or dead, thus allowing the cat to be ''both'' alive and dead.



The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_interpretation Copenhagen interpretation]] says that, because of this, each particle is 50% decayed and 50% undecayed. Schrödinger thought that this idea was InsaneTrollLogic, so he extended it to show: if the decay of a radioactive nucleus will set off a device which will release toxic gas into a box that contains a cat, and if (as per the Copenhagen interpretation) the nucleus is 50% decayed and 50% undecayed, the device is 50% triggered and 50% untriggered, so the cat is simultaneously 50% killed and 50% still alive.

As mentioned earlier, the supposed paradox relies on a flawed understanding of Quantum Physics. The flaw lies in not knowing what it means to observe something; observation is not the passive thing like in the world of the everyday, but an ''active'' process. In the theoretical box (no physicist would actually do this; it's highly unethical), the observer isn't the scientist, it's not even [[Creator/DouglasAdams the cat]]; it's the ''Geiger counter'', and it keeps the wave function collapsed into either 100% alive or 100% dead, and not 50% both. To learn more, see the UsefulNotes/QuantumPhysics page. In short, the Copenhagen Interpretation doesn't predict a cat simultaneously alive and dead, but rather a cat that is fully alive until it is fully dead. To put it another way, even famous and intelligent physicists like Schrödinger can be completely wrong.

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The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_interpretation Copenhagen interpretation]] says that, because of this, each particle is 50% decayed and 50% undecayed. Schrödinger thought that this idea was InsaneTrollLogic, so he extended it to show: if the decay of a radioactive nucleus will set off a device which will release toxic gas into a box that contains a cat, and if (as per the Copenhagen interpretation) the nucleus is 50% decayed and 50% undecayed, the device is 50% triggered and 50% untriggered, so the cat is simultaneously 50% killed and 50% still alive.

As mentioned earlier, the supposed paradox relies on a flawed understanding of Quantum Physics. The flaw lies in not knowing what it means to observe something; observation is not the passive thing like in the world of the everyday, but an ''active'' process. In the theoretical box (no physicist would actually do this; it's highly unethical), the observer isn't the scientist, it's not even [[Creator/DouglasAdams the cat]]; it's the ''Geiger counter'', and it keeps the wave function collapsed into either 100% alive or 100% dead, and not 50% both. To learn more, see the UsefulNotes/QuantumPhysics page. In short, the Copenhagen Interpretation doesn't predict a cat simultaneously alive and dead, but rather a cat that is fully alive until it is fully dead. To put it another way, even famous and intelligent physicists like Schrödinger can be completely wrong.



!!Schrödinger's Cat may or may not exist in these works, you'll have to check to know for sure:

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!!Schrödinger's Cat may or may not exist in these works, you'll have to check to know for sure:



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' uses Schrödinger's Cat in order to explain the Esper abilities: the state of the "cat" outside of their mind is whatever the user's mind deems it to be, allowing the manifestation of the abilities. Misaka Imouto tries to name her cat Schrödinger, but Touma shoots that idea down. That name is taboo for cats. He adds that anyone who would even ''consider'' putting a cat in a box with poison gas must really hate cats.
* The titular ''Anime/AngelsEgg'' makes a pretty good analogy to Schrödinger's Cat, but with the added twists that the longer time goes on without the egg hatching, the more likely that whatever was in it has become stillborn, if it ever existed at all[[note]](analogous to the cat dying of something other than the toxin like suffocation, starvation, or old age)[[/note]], and the only way to "collapse the waveform" would be to break the egg open, killing whatever is inside it for sure[[note]](analogous to shooting the box with the cat in it)[[/note]]. [[spoiler: This is what the man eventually does, with tragic consequences.]]
* Done a couple of times in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Bastion Misawa has it as a formula on his wall (dub only) and a character uses a card which uses Schrödinger's Cat as a basis.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' uses Schrödinger's Cat in order to explain the Esper abilities: the state of the "cat" outside of their mind is whatever the user's mind deems it to be, allowing the manifestation of the abilities. Misaka Imouto tries to name her cat Schrödinger, but Touma shoots that idea down. That name is taboo for cats. He adds that anyone who would even ''consider'' putting a cat in a box with poison gas must really hate cats.
* The titular ''Anime/AngelsEgg'' makes a pretty good analogy to Schrödinger's Cat, but with the added twists that the longer time goes on without the egg hatching, the more likely that whatever was in it has become stillborn, if it ever existed at all[[note]](analogous to the cat dying of something other than the toxin like suffocation, starvation, or old age)[[/note]], and the only way to "collapse the waveform" would be to break the egg open, killing whatever is inside it for sure[[note]](analogous to shooting the box with the cat in it)[[/note]]. [[spoiler: This is what the man eventually does, with tragic consequences.]]
* Done a couple of times in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Bastion Misawa has it as a formula on his wall (dub only) and a character uses a card which uses Schrödinger's Cat as a basis.



* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' actually has a character named Schrödinger, and he has a power to be 'everywhere and nowhere' -- allowing him to always be in all plot relevant spots at once, as well as to RetCon any damage he suffers. And he's a CatBoy. In fact, he has a pretty big purpose beyond comic relief: [[spoiler: He was designed to be the 'poison' against Alucard. When he offs himself and lets Alucard absorb him, Schrödinger can no longer tell where he is and is neither dead nor alive. By that extension, so is Alucard and he becomes 'imaginary numbers.' Alucard manages to return to Hellsing after 30 years by offing the 3 million plus lives in him except Schrödinger's, granting him his powers.]]
* ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' has a lot of its premise based on Schroedinger and the idea that an outcome can be altered if it is not observed.

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' actually has a character named Schrödinger, and he has a power to be 'everywhere and nowhere' -- allowing him to always be in all plot relevant spots at once, as well as to RetCon any damage he suffers. And he's a CatBoy. In fact, he has a pretty big purpose beyond comic relief: [[spoiler: He was designed to be the 'poison' against Alucard. When he offs himself and lets Alucard absorb him, Schrödinger can no longer tell where he is and is neither dead nor alive. By that extension, so is Alucard and he becomes 'imaginary numbers.' Alucard manages to return to Hellsing after 30 years by offing the 3 million plus lives in him except Schrödinger's, granting him his powers.]]
* ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' has a lot of its premise based on Schroedinger Schrödinger and the idea that an outcome can be altered if it is not observed.



* One episode of ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' features loads of alternate versions of the main characters, in one of these Meow's counterpart was a Schrodingerian, a cat creature in a box who was alternately alive or dead.

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* One episode of ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' features loads of alternate versions of the main characters, in one of these Meow's counterpart was a Schrodingerian, Schrödingerian, a cat creature in a box who was alternately alive or dead.



* In ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'', the final issue of the PeterMilligan-penned AlternateUniverse arc referred to Schrödinger's cat, and was titled "Schrodinger's Pizza."

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* In ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'', the final issue of the PeterMilligan-penned AlternateUniverse arc referred to Schrödinger's cat, and was titled "Schrodinger's Pizza."



* In one ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' story, Donald Blake references Schrödinger's cat in describing the Odinsleep, saying the sleeper is in a state between life and death.

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* In one ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' story, Donald Blake references Schrödinger's cat in describing the Odinsleep, saying the sleeper is in a state between life and death.



* In ''Fanfic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoIndex'', since Haruhi is an unknowing RealityWarper, if she is asked to guess a card randomly drawn from a deck, she will always get it right, even if she guesses a card ''that isn't in the deck''. The observers comment that it's like if someone did the Schrödinger's Cat experiment and pulled a dog out the box instead.

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* In ''Fanfic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoIndex'', since Haruhi is an unknowing RealityWarper, if she is asked to guess a card randomly drawn from a deck, she will always get it right, even if she guesses a card ''that isn't in the deck''. The observers comment that it's like if someone did the Schrödinger's Cat experiment and pulled a dog out the box instead.



* ''Film/ASeriousMan'' by Creator/TheCoenBrothers: References to Schrodinger's Cat occurs multiple times as a general theme, both on a literal and metaphorical level. It can be seen as a metaphor for general uncertainty in the world. For instance:

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* ''Film/ASeriousMan'' by Creator/TheCoenBrothers: References to Schrodinger's Schrödinger's Cat occurs multiple times as a general theme, both on a literal and metaphorical level. It can be seen as a metaphor for general uncertainty in the world. For instance:



* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' saw Dirk begin to explain Schrödinger's cat normally, before talking about how he intervened in the experiment because the cat had gone missing. [[spoiler: Dirk turns out to be making it up to see if Richard, who has been acting very oddly, is capable of spotting complete nonsense (like someone actually performing an experiment where the outcome you're testing is what happens before you look) when he hears it.]]

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* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' saw Dirk begin to explain Schrödinger's cat normally, before talking about how he intervened in the experiment because the cat had gone missing. [[spoiler: Dirk turns out to be making it up to see if Richard, who has been acting very oddly, is capable of spotting complete nonsense (like someone actually performing an experiment where the outcome you're testing is what happens before you look) when he hears it.]]



* An incarnation of Schrödinger's Cat appears in ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}''. It looks and acts a lot like the Cheshire Cat from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. [[spoiler:But it's actually an avatar of Wyrm.]]

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* An incarnation of Schrödinger's Cat appears in ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}''. It looks and acts a lot like the Cheshire Cat from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. [[spoiler:But it's actually an avatar of Wyrm.]]



* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Carter explains why her cat is called Schrödinger to a scientifically advanced alien. (Season 1, episode 17, "Enigma"). Amusingly, the alien agrees with Schrödinger when she finishes: anyone who thinks that might be true has misunderstood the laws of physics.

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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Carter explains why her cat is called Schrödinger to a scientifically advanced alien. (Season 1, episode 17, "Enigma"). Amusingly, the alien agrees with Schrödinger when she finishes: anyone who thinks that might be true has misunderstood the laws of physics.



* The third season premiere of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' opens with Nate trapped in a MentalWorld with recurring references to Schrödinger's Cat, highlighting the fact that he's in an in-between state [[spoiler:while undergoing risky brain surgery]] and won't know where he is until he actually takes a risk and "opens the box."

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* The third season premiere of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' opens with Nate trapped in a MentalWorld with recurring references to Schrödinger's Cat, highlighting the fact that he's in an in-between state [[spoiler:while undergoing risky brain surgery]] and won't know where he is until he actually takes a risk and "opens the box."



* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' literally has a cat named Schrödinger. It makes a lot of sense when you realise [[spoiler: it's an aspect of Seraph that achieved enlightenment]].

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* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' literally has a cat named Schrödinger. It makes a lot of sense when you realise [[spoiler: it's an aspect of Seraph that achieved enlightenment]].



** There's an achievement called Schrödinger's Catch, which involved catching a bouncing box before it hit the ground without knowing beforehand which way the box will bounce.

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** There's an achievement called Schrödinger's Catch, which involved catching a bouncing box before it hit the ground without knowing beforehand which way the box will bounce.



--->'''Fact Core''': The Schrödinger's Cat paradox outlines a situation in which a cat in a box must be considered, for all intents and purposes, simultaneously alive and dead. Schrödinger created this paradox as a justification for killing cats.

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--->'''Fact Core''': The Schrödinger's Cat paradox outlines a situation in which a cat in a box must be considered, for all intents and purposes, simultaneously alive and dead. Schrödinger created this paradox as a justification for killing cats.



* ''VideoGame/Bioshock2'' makes a reference to this with an EasterEgg in Dionysus Park. In Imago Fine Arts there are multiple ice chunks made of frozen seawater and within one of them is the corpse of Schrödinger the cat. If whacked or shot, Schrödinger bleeds but never shatters making him seem both alive and dead at the same time.

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* ''VideoGame/Bioshock2'' makes a reference to this with an EasterEgg in Dionysus Park. In Imago Fine Arts there are multiple ice chunks made of frozen seawater and within one of them is the corpse of Schrödinger the cat. If whacked or shot, Schrödinger bleeds but never shatters making him seem both alive and dead at the same time.



** Also, the game features something called "Reconciliation Sickness" which is, for all intents and purposes, Schrodinger's thought experiment GoneHorriblyWrong. Due to the interference of Elizabeth's extradimensional powers, the wave function ''doesn't collapse'', causing people who are alive in one possible timeline and dead in another to become trapped in a torturous state of undeath. One such victim is [[spoiler:Chen Lin, the Vox-aligned gunsmith.]]

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** Also, the game features something called "Reconciliation Sickness" which is, for all intents and purposes, Schrodinger's Schrödinger's thought experiment GoneHorriblyWrong. Due to the interference of Elizabeth's extradimensional powers, the wave function ''doesn't collapse'', causing people who are alive in one possible timeline and dead in another to become trapped in a torturous state of undeath. One such victim is [[spoiler:Chen Lin, the Vox-aligned gunsmith.]]



* One scene in the second ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' game had Rufus wondering why a cat's food bowl was outside of a locked building, whereas the cat was inside. After filling the bowl with tuna to get the cat's attention, he speculates on how the cat can be inside and outside at the same time, name-drops Schrodinger, and claims that he and Goal are witnessing quantum physics at work. [[spoiler:The door has a cat flap.]]

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* One scene in the second ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'' game had Rufus wondering why a cat's food bowl was outside of a locked building, whereas the cat was inside. After filling the bowl with tuna to get the cat's attention, he speculates on how the cat can be inside and outside at the same time, name-drops Schrodinger, Schrödinger, and claims that he and Goal are witnessing quantum physics at work. [[spoiler:The door has a cat flap.]]



* [[http://xkcd.com/45/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip is a Schrödinger's comic.

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* [[http://xkcd.com/45/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip is a Schrödinger's comic.



* ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' featured a minor character named Schrödinger the Cat. He could see all possible realities simultaneously and as a result [[GoMadFromTheRevelation he's completely insane]].
* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, Adam kicks it and makes it yowl.

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* ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' featured a minor character named Schrödinger the Cat. He could see all possible realities simultaneously and as a result [[GoMadFromTheRevelation he's completely insane]].
* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, Adam kicks it and makes it yowl.



* A classroom lecture on Schrödinger's Cat is given in [[http://www.spy6teen.com/comic-1/page-19/ this]] page of ''Webcomic/{{Spy6teen}}''; and ends up being ChekhovsGun in [[http://inkoutbreak.com/index.php?comic=6e1be6e69dfe79ff7c6b37c751b37c53&banner=20120306190824_spy6teen_160.png this comic]]

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* A classroom lecture on Schrödinger's Cat is given in [[http://www.spy6teen.com/comic-1/page-19/ this]] page of ''Webcomic/{{Spy6teen}}''; and ends up being ChekhovsGun in [[http://inkoutbreak.com/index.php?comic=6e1be6e69dfe79ff7c6b37c751b37c53&banner=20120306190824_spy6teen_160.png this comic]]



::Later, thanks to guest artist [[Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal Zack Weiner]], '''[[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/05/06/smbc-guest-comic/ Cat's Schrödinger]]''' was introduced.

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::Later, thanks to guest artist [[Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal Zack Weiner]], '''[[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/05/06/smbc-guest-comic/ Cat's Schrödinger]]''' was introduced.



* Webcomic/CaptainSNES has a cat named Schrödinger, whose state in Videoland cannot be determined by the residents, as it is from the real world, and it generally proceeds to make fools of everyone it meets.

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* Webcomic/CaptainSNES has a cat named Schrödinger, whose state in Videoland cannot be determined by the residents, as it is from the real world, and it generally proceeds to make fools of everyone it meets.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' had a sudden perspective switch after Nepeta, the resident [[CatGirl cat troll]], attacked AxCrazy sober Gamzee. For the longest time, nobody knew whether she had survived the encounter. [[spoiler: She didn't.]] Therefore, she was temporarily Schrodinger's Nepeta.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' had a sudden perspective switch after Nepeta, the resident [[CatGirl cat troll]], attacked AxCrazy sober Gamzee. For the longest time, nobody knew whether she had survived the encounter. [[spoiler: She didn't.]] Therefore, she was temporarily Schrodinger's Schrödinger's Nepeta.



* Used as a joke in a ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode. The cops catch Erwin Schrödinger speeding with a box containing a cat, he's not clear whether it's alive or dead (until Fry opens the box and the cat claws his face), and there's also drugs in there.

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* Used as a joke in a ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode. The cops catch Erwin Schrödinger speeding with a box containing a cat, he's not clear whether it's alive or dead (until Fry opens the box and the cat claws his face), and there's also drugs in there.



* A famous quote by Creator/StephenHawking: "When I hear about Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my gun." [[note]]A paraphrase of the, eh, more (un)famous quote of Nazi Hermann Göring, who did the same hearing the word "Kultur".[[/note]] [[http://physics.about.com/od/quantumphysics/f/schroedcat.htm About.com to explains]]:

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* A famous quote by Creator/StephenHawking: "When I hear about Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my gun." [[note]]A paraphrase of the, eh, more (un)famous quote of Nazi Hermann Göring, who did the same hearing the word "Kultur".[[/note]] [[http://physics.about.com/od/quantumphysics/f/schroedcat.htm About.com to explains]]:



* Also, physicists such as John Gribbin (author of ''In Search of Schrödinger's Cat'' and ''Schrödinger's Kittens'') wonder at what point particles go from being "quantum" to "ordinary". How big do you have to be to be normal? How small do you have to be to be in two places at once? [[note]] C60 molecules (buckyballs) are quantum objects, a double slit experiment was successfully done with them.[[/note]]
* The rise of QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything has led to references to the original thought experiment in unrelated fields. One publication in political science asks the reader to imagine international structure by invoking Schrödinger's cat and the Uncertainty Principle.

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* Also, physicists such as John Gribbin (author of ''In Search of Schrödinger's Cat'' and ''Schrödinger's Kittens'') wonder at what point particles go from being "quantum" to "ordinary". How big do you have to be to be normal? How small do you have to be to be in two places at once? [[note]] C60 molecules (buckyballs) are quantum objects, a double slit experiment was successfully done with them.[[/note]]
* The rise of QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything has led to references to the original thought experiment in unrelated fields. One publication in political science asks the reader to imagine international structure by invoking Schrödinger's cat and the Uncertainty Principle.



-->Curiosity only collapsed the quantum superposition of Schrödinger's cat into a definite state. What killed it was leaving it in a box for a week.

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-->Curiosity only collapsed the quantum superposition of Schrödinger's cat into a definite state. What killed it was leaving it in a box for a week.
8th Oct '17 10:30:23 PM MrUnderhill
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* The titular ''Anime/AngelsEgg'' makes a pretty good analogy to Schrödinger's Cat, but with the added twists that the longer time goes on without the egg hatching, the more likely that whatever was in it has become stillborn, if it ever existed at all[[note]](analogous to the cat dying of something other than the toxin like suffocation, starvation, or old age)[[/note]], and the only way to "collapse the waveform" would be to break the egg open, killing whatever is inside it for sure[[note]](analogous to shooting the box with the cat in it)[[/note]]. [[spoiler: This is what the man eventually does, with tragic consequences.]]
16th Aug '17 1:53:05 PM MM_Crusader
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** In ''Burial at Sea''-Episode 2, there is a hermetic chamber with the carcass of feline (presumably a cougar or a panther) inside it within Fink's lab, a reference to the experiment.
23rd Jun '17 9:30:32 AM Gosicrystal
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* SchrodingersCanon: The ExtendedUniverse is only proven canonical or not when the next primary canonical installment is released.

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* SchrodingersCanon: The ExtendedUniverse ExpandedUniverse is only proven canonical or not when the next primary canonical installment is released.
23rd Jun '17 9:23:07 AM Gosicrystal
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* SchrodingersCanon: The ExtendedUniverse is only proven canonical or not when the next primary canonical installment is released.
17th Apr '17 11:09:49 PM fdsa1234567890
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* In the fourth season of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Root references the idea when she is arguing that [[spoiler: Shaw]] is still alive after performing a HeroicSacrifice, pointing out that until they [[NeverFoundTheBody definatively]] know she is both alive and dead.
4th Apr '17 10:39:09 PM LegitimateIdiot
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* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'' a monster known as the Quantum Mechanic will sometimes drop a box when it dies. When you open the box either a living cat will jump out or a cat corpse will be found inside. What's more, examining the code shows that which will be found is undetermined until you check -- [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything as opposed to]] every other container in the game, the contents of which are determined when the box is spawned.

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* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'' a monster known as the Quantum Mechanic will sometimes drop a box when it dies. When you open the box either a living cat will jump out or a cat corpse will be found inside. What's more, examining the code shows that which will be found is undetermined until you check -- [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight as opposed to]] every other container in the game, the contents of which are determined when the box is spawned.
2nd Jan '17 5:37:05 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''GLaDOS''', ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}: Lab Rat''

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-->-- '''GLaDOS''', '''[=GLaDOS=]''', ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}: Lab Rat''
1st Oct '16 11:29:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adam kicks it and makes it yowl]].

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* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adam kicks it and makes it yowl]].yowl.
1st Oct '16 11:29:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adam kicks it and makes it yowl]].

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* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1944.html This]] strip of ''IrregularWebcomic'' ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references Schrödinger's thought experiment in the punchline, but you'll notice that the explanatory note below the comic starts off talking about ''Heisenberg''. As DMM points out in the final paragraph, the punchline of the comic existed in a state of flux while he was writing TheRant. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2846 Later]], [[Series/MythBusters Jamie and Adam]] remove the "thought" from "thought experiment" and actually set up Schrödinger's Cat with an actual box and an actual cat. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2853 Next MythBusters strip]], after Jamie says there's no way to determine whether the cat is alive or dead without opening the box and observing the cat, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adam kicks it and makes it yowl]].
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