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El Schrodinger essay
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Wenzel LowePeriod 3Erwin Schrodinger Erwin Schrodinger was a physicist known for winning a Nobel Peace Prize from his waveequation and his paradox Schrodinger's Cat. Though not as famous as other scientists such as NikolaTesla or Albert Einstein, he still proved to be a large contributor to the theoretical world of physics andscience.On August 12, 1887 in Vienna, Austria, a chemistry professor birthed a soon to be known physicist, Erwin Schrodinger. As he grew, he was home-schooled by his parents and several tutors,stopping at the age of 11. Seeing that Schrodinger was intellectual, he went to a university preparatoryschool. At age 19, Schrodinger attended the University of Vienna, where he studied Physics. He wasinspired and influenced by Friedrich Hasenohrl, another physicist who played a role in the famous E=mc
though he never gained much credit or fame to it. At Vienna, Erwin Schrodinger was able toachieve a PhD in Physics. He continued his interest in science by assisting professors and scientists.Such professors include Franz Exner and Max Wien. He moved up ranks academically and he too became a professor. Schrodinger then worked as the theoretical physics chair for the University of Zurich for six years. Those six years in Zurich was the main turning point in his life. He did several papers on thermodynamics, but his distinguished discovery was the Schrodinger Wave Equation.
The wave equation was based on a footnote of Albert Einstein's work. This became thefoundation of the research of the equation. Schrodinger thought of the electron movement in an atom asa wave. It predicts system's mechanical behavior. The most general form of the equation as time-dependent is as follows: The full equation is here(Wolfram)“h” stands for Planck's constant, “
stands for the wavelength, and “m” is the mass of the particle.This discovery was through thought, not accidental. It is considered a “central to quantum mechanics as Newton's laws are to classical mechanics.”(Princeton)Seven years after the discovery, Schrodinger received the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for Phyiscs in 1933. Two years later, another thought popped in Erwin Schrodinger's mind. The difference,though, is that it relates to mammals of the feline family. This was Schrodinger's Cat.Schrodinger's cat is a paradox in the quantum physics world. It has never been realisticallyexperimented, but only theoretically. A common version includes a sealed box, a container of gun powder, and of course, a cat. The main idea of the experiment is nature collapsing to make a decisionfrom an undetermined, superpositioned state. First a cat is in a box with a container of gun powder thathas a fifty-fifty chance to explode. If the gunpowder explodes, then the cat dies, if not, then the catlives. Before the gunpowder explodes/not explodes, there is that undetermined position, and no oneknows if the cat lives or dies. The observer's curiosity could probably “kill the cat.” This too wasdiscovered by thoughts. Most of those who explain Schrodinger's Cat simplifies it's process, but doesnot generally teach the important questions it brings. Such as, are we, humans, in a “box” beingobserved observing the cat's fate?After Schrodinger's part of life in thought experiments, he continued to work withelectromagnetism and gravity. He then moved to Dublin after the invasion of Germany, working for 17
years until he retired back in Vienna. Sadly, Erwin Schrodinger had his final rest in his home of Viennaon January 4, 1961. Schrodinger died of illness.Though Schrodinger has passed, his equation and thoughts still contribute a large part in today'squantum physics. Once again, it is still a “central to quantum mechanics as Newton's laws are toclassical mechanics.”(Princeton) His legacy lives on as the “father of Quantum Physics.” His equationwill still be used ages from now in the technical field of physics.Schrodinger's Cat also plays an important role in today's scientific world. Many still debate on itand the experiment seems to be popular among society. An example of this is an online video byminutephysics on YouTube explaining and simplifying the process of the experiment. The paper onSchrodinger's Cat is one of the most known paradoxes in society.Though not many have worked on his research after his death, he has had some interactionswith young soon-to-be famous scientists. One such scientist was Linus Pauling, who became a twotime Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Pauling was a student of Schrodinger, who could be an inspiration toPauling.Erwin Schrodinger has definitely been a large part in the field of Physics, and without hisresearch, future discoveries wouldn't be able to have been found. Schrodinger's equation and catexperiment proves to be in popular science and technical science. Erwin Schrodinger truly led ascientifically fruitful life.

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