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shrâ´-, shr´-), Erwin
Austrian physicist. He shared
a 1933 Nobel Prize for new formulations of the atomic theory.
Schrödinger, Erwin (1887-1961),
Austrian physicist, born in Vienna, whose work formed much of the basis
mechanics. Schrödinger developed an elegant mathematical
description of the discrete standing waves
that electrons must follow as they orbit atomic nuclei. He proved that
his theory was mathematically equivalent to the slightly earlier work of
German physicist Werner Heisenberg. Schrödinger shared the 1933 Nobel
Prize in physics with British physicist Paul A. M. Dirac.
ERWIN SCHROEDINGER, "Hence
this life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire
existence, but is, in a certain sense, the WHOLE; only this whole is not
so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we
know, is what the Brahmins express in the sacred, mystic formula which
is yet so simple and so clear: 'Tat Tvam asi' this is you...And not merely
'someday'; now, today, every day she is bringing you forth, not once, but
thousands upon thousands of times, just as every day she engulfs you a
thousand times over. For eternally and always there is only now, one and
the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end."
"The task is not so much
to see what no one has yet seen, but to think what nobody has yet thought,
about that which everybody sees." -
- Erwin Schrödinger
Before we make an observation,
quantum mechanics tells us that reality is 'unformed'... it exists
only as a superposition of probabilities. This truth
is popularly known as the "Schrodinger's Cat" paradox. On making an observation,
function" describing the set of possible states (itself a Fourier sum of
all possibilities "collapses" and we're left with a single, observed state.
This collapse is very mysterious, since it involves so-called 'hidden variables'
involved with the non-local nature of reality.
Some people have suggested 'consciousness' and 'will' as elements playing
crucial roles in determining the outcome of an observation.
Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
Erwin Shrodinger: Until you
actually observe the chicken, it exists in a superposition of both crossed
and uncrossed states.