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Old 01-03-2012, 11:10 AM
Candyman74 Candyman74 is offline
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It's just a thought experiment which illustrates the issues Schrodinger had with quantum theory. He began the description with the phrase: "One can even set up quite ridiculous cases." It's a piece of rhetoric, not an actual experiment.

It illustrates the question [v much paraphrased; v much more complex than this] - when does quantum uncertainty become real? The point being that he was posing a question, not making a declaration. He was taking the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics to its conclusion which, in his view, was a paradox.

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