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#3 - pentol
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(06/17/2013) [-]
erwin schrödinger actually made his famous thought experiment as a strawman, in an attempt to mock the theory of quantum physics.
surely such a large object, like a cat, can not hold both the state of dead and alive at the same time.
#49 to #3 - azinfoo
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(06/17/2013) [-]
You're right, the cat can't be both alive and dead.

Schrodinger made the though experiment to show how quantum physics does not relate well to the real world. In the experiment, it is the radioactive particles which are in a superposition of both decayed and not decayed. However, the cat cannot be alive and dead at the same time. The cat is just like any other cat that has ever existed -- either dead or alive.
User avatar #9 to #3 - zzforrest
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(06/17/2013) [-]
It was an actual legitimate thought experiment to explain quantum physics (as I've read in a book containing mini biographies of all the big names of quantum physics), rather Wheeler's Cat was made to mock Schrödinger's Cat because according to Wheeler, Schrödinger's Cat could have died of many things, such as starvation, where his thought experiment (which involved his cat, who liked going to Einstein's house, being in a superstate of being at his house or Einstein's house when they weren't looking for him), was a much better representation of "superstates".
I might be wrong on a couple things, as I am not an expert on their backgrounds, but I'm pretty sure that's how it goes.
Sauce: Entanglement by Amir D. Aczel page 83 through 94.