The Cambridgeshire Cat
I have left the sunny climbs of Canada for a few months, in favor of the eternally sweltering UK.
In fact, I am visiting the University of Cambridge, which reminds me of the following quote from Stephen Hawking:
“When I hear of Schrödinger’s cat, I reach for my gun.”
Although attributed to him, I wasn’t able to find the source, so if anyone knows it then please let me know.
The quote has 3 possible interpretations (at least that’s less than quantum theory):
- Prof. Hawking intends to shoot the cat, thus demonstrating that it is dead without a doubt and not in any kind of quantum superposition.
- Prof. Hawking intends to shoot the bore who is bringing up this hoary old issue once again.
- Prof. Hawking intends to shoot himself because he is so fed up of hearing about the apocryphal cat.
Whichever meaning is intended, I think I ought to be careful what I talk about in public around here.