Today, I would like to introduce to you all the 2.0 version of the legendary Schrodinger’s Cat.
It is Schrodinger’s Baby.
You place a baby – preferably aged less than five years – in a borewell ideally at a depth of 40 to 50 feet. Leave the baby there for a couple of hours before you pump oxygen into the borewell. Now, till the army commanders dig a parallel well and get to the baby, the baby can be assumed to both “dead” and “alive” as there is no way of determining either state authentically.
Hence, a Schrodinger’s Baby.
Why do we need a Schrodinger’s Baby? The cat has been serving the physicists with utmost devotion till today. However, let us admit it. It is virtually impossible to actually find a cat stuck inside a box in any part of this world. On the other hand, a Schrodinger’s Baby is found fairly easily and quite frequently especially in India. So the budding physicists who find Schrodinger a tough nut to crack, have now a real life example that is not at all rare to find. It should help them cement their understanding of how electrons behave inside an atom.
Thus, my sincere request to the academicians all over the world is to replace the cat with the baby in all the teaching aids pertaining to quantum mechanics. Also, a thumbs up to the Government of India for helping us study quite a few of these real life examples. They must be commended for their foresight and their relentless efforts to keep the Schrodinger’s Baby a viable and highly preferred alternative to the Schrodinger’s Cat.
Hoping that they would step up their efforts several notches so that a budding physicist need not wait for more than a week to see a Schrodinger’s Baby in live action.