This is the type of high brow content we like here at the PCSH Thunderdome… I’ve never been in a situation where I have needed to type Thunderdome. I can die happy now that I have.
For those of you who don’t know what the joke is here, Erwin Schrödinger was a physicist from crazy Austria who proposed that, if a cat is placed in a box with a flask of poison, an internal Geiger counter, and a tiny bit of radioactive material then, a quantum mechanical paradox could be created. The Geiger counter would be set to go off when a certain level of radioactivity was measured causing a hammer inside the box to smash the flask of poison(most likely hydrocyanic acid) thus killing the cat however; we, the observer would have no true way of knowing whether or not the cat is dead or alive until we open the box hence the paradox. The cat is both alive and dead while inside of the box until we open the box and determine if the cat is dead or alive.
I should mention now that I am a long way from a physicist but thought thought this joke was both funny and somewhat educational. And it had an awesome picture of a cat. Cats are funny.
- Radiation dosimeter – Geiger counter (electronics-lab.com)
- DIY Geiger counter smartphone app to measure radiation (newscientist.com)
- Schrodinger’s Amoeba – Well Schrodinger’s Cat (amoebamike.wordpress.com)