Schrödinger’s Cat Experiment and the Conundrum That Rules Modern PhysicsCats, Present, and Future Even if Schrödinger himself didn’t believe the cat theory was possible, modern researchers are trying to put some of these theories into practice. The cat, in turn, depends on this superposition, as we don’t know whether it’s alive or dead. [The Schrödinger equation] is like a modern version of Newton’s law,” says Chen Wang, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But they also can interact and affect each other despite their distance in a process known as quantum entanglement, or “spooky action at a distance,” as Einstein called it. In a quantum sense, its superposition remains in both states at the same time, as a wave function that is both alive and dead. “The description for two electrons cannot be directly produced by thinking of two independent shapes,” says Frederick Strauch, a physicist at Williams College in Massachusetts. If they ever do, and even the man himself thought this was unlikely, then it could show how the microscopic quantum world might affect the macroscopic world.
Article from Discover Magazine.