A total of 120 illustrators are exhibiting their works inspired by the Schrödinger’s Cat experiment at the “Looking for Schrödinger’s Cat” exhibition in Guangming District.
In Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s imaginary experiment, you place a cat in a box with a tiny bit of radioactive substance. If the radioactive substance decays, it triggers a Geiger counter which causes a poison or explosion that kills the cat.
Now, the decay of the radioactive substance is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. This means that the atom starts in a combined state of “going to decay” and “not going to decay.”
If we apply the observer-driven idea to this case, there is no conscious observer present (everything is in a sealed box), so the whole system stays as a combination of the two possibilities. The cat ends up both dead and alive at the same time.
It was not a real experiment and therefore did not scientifically prove anything. Schrödinger’s Cat is not even part of any scientific theory. It was simply a teaching tool that Schrödinger (1887-1961) used to illustrate how some people were misinterpreting quantum theory.
Schrödinger constructed his imaginary experiment with the cat to demonstrate that simple misinterpretations of quantum theory can lead to absurd results that do not match the real world.
Dates: Until Dec. 25
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets: 40 yuan per student younger than 18 years old, 68 yuan per adult, 128 yuan for two persons, 178 yuan for three persons, free for seniors aged 65 or older and children below 0.8 meters in height
Venue: Guangming Culture and Art Center, Guanguang Road, Guangming District (光明区观光路光明文化艺术中心)
Metro: Line 6 to Fenghuang Town Station (凤凰城站), Exit B