Feeling a bit perturbed this week over the possible content of those documents retrieved from the basement of Mar-a-Lago this week – if the reports of nuclear information are true, deeply concerned, as well. But, I have family visitors for the next couple of weeks. Including children and it’s been a long time since we’ve had actual children in the house. Fun, chaotic, and interesting. Should be an adventure.
That being the case, though, my positing may be even more uneven for a bit.
So, apropos of nothing, I’ve decided to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger on this day in 1887. Schrödinger, he of the infamous cat experiment notion, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, along with Paul Dirac, for their groundbreaking work in atomic theory.
“Conditions are admittedly such that we can always manage to make do in each concrete individual case without the two different aspects leading to different expectations as to the result of certain experiments. We cannot, however, manage to make do with such old, familiar, and seemingly indispensable terms as “real” or “only possible”; we are never in a position to say what really is or what really happens, but we can only say what will be observed in any concrete individual case. Will we have to be permanently satisfied with this…? On principle, yes. On principle, there is nothing new in the postulate that in the end exact science should aim at nothing more than the description of what can really be observed. The question is only whether from now on we shall have to refrain from tying description to a clear hypothesis about the real nature of the world. There are many who wish to pronounce such abdication even today. But I believe that this means making things a little too easy for oneself.” – Erwin Schrödinger, 1933
Have a peaceful weekend.
Hummingbird, August 7, 2022.