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Schrödinger’s Cat Explained So You Can Finally Understand It

The thought experiment was actually conceived to prove a popular theory wrong.

You probably have heard of Schrödinger’s Cat. You may have even attempted to discuss the experiment at a fun party to sound smart. But do you truly understand it?

The thought experiment can be confusing as people often misunderstand it as trying to make the opposite point of what it was making. In this video, we seek to explain Schrödinger’s Cat in a way everyone can finally understand it.

But first who was Schrödinger, the man the experiment was named after? Erwin Schrödinger was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1933 and was most famous for his work in quantum theory, particularly for the Schrödinger equation which provides a way to calculate the wave function of a system and how it changes dynamically in time.

The physicist also tackled the problems of genetics from the point of view of physics, but he is perhaps best known for his thought experiment: Schrödinger’s cat.

Schrödinger conceived of the cat experiment to try and disprove an idea proposed by physicists in Copenhagen known as the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. What was the idea? How did Schrödinger disprove it? And what was the outcome of his thought experiment? We answer all these questions and more in this video. 

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