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Originally posted by Buck Division
Originally posted by Taj Mikel
reply to post by argentus
I'd be very interested to learn about some home style experiments we can do to demonstrate quantum theory, thanks!
I will do more investigation on home quantum theory experiments. Something as pervasive as quantum physics should be demonstrable without a lot of expensive scientific apparatus (I would think.)
Originally posted by Lecter
Originally posted by boredguy
its like that ol saying
if a tree falls in the forest and noone is around does it make a sound?
I never understood why this even is a question, there is air in the forest and as the tree hits an object like ground it transfers the vibration through the air therefore making a sound. So.... why is this asked?
Originally posted by UK Wizard
Wikipedia – Schrödinger’s Cat
Schrödinger's cat, often described as a paradox, is a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics being applied to everyday objects, by considering the example of a cat that may be either alive or dead, according to an earlier random event.
In the paradox proposed by Schrödinger a cat is placed within a box that contains a small amount of radioactive material which may or may not (50% chance of) decay within the time period of an hour. Should an atom of the radioactive material decay it will be detected by a Geiger counter and then through some means activate a hammer which smashes a vial containing cyanide presumably killing the poor cat.
Without opening the box and presuming we can't see inside the box with any other means how are we to determine whether the cat is alive or dead before the opening of the box at the allotted hour?
[edit on 12-6-2008 by UK Wizard]
Originally posted by Cyberbian
I like the donut concept. It could have a cup of coffee and a dunker.
Did the donut get dunked in the coffee?
This raises a very important philosophical question.
If a donut gets dunked in a cup of coffee, and there is no one there to eat it, who picks up the tab?