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Schrodinger's Quantum Kittens

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  • Richard East
    Alan Moore was in the following: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wr9qb.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wr9qb/Schrodingers_Quantum_Kittens/
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      Alan Moore was in the following:
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wr9qb.html

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wr9qb/Schrodingers_Quantum_Kittens/

      Robin Ince examines Schrodinger's Cat, the paradox at the heart of
      quantum physics, and discovers its influence on science and popular
      culture. Fifty years after the death of Nobel laureate Erwin
      Schrodinger, the quantum mysteries of his cat-in-a-box paradox still
      continue to drive physicists in research today. Can a living thing be
      both alive and dead at the same time?

      Schrodinger's experiment was an almost playful creation, but one that
      stabbed at the heart of the 1930s physics establishment. By the 1950s,
      US physicist Hugh Everett concluded that, indeed, both a dead cat and
      an alive cat can exist, but in separate universes. His 'Many Worlds'
      theory inspired authors, from Philip K Dick to Philip Pullman.

      Robin follows in the Austrian physicist's footsteps to Oxford
      University, where Schrodinger was once a fellow, and unearths some
      original archive at Magdalen College. Physicist Sir Roger Penrose
      speaks about its impact on quantum theory to this day. Why has
      Schrodinger's Cat gained such currency not just in science but popular
      culture? Writer Alan Moore tells how it created a new wave of 1960s
      sci-fi literature.

      So why has Schrodinger's Cat caught the imagination of non-scientists?
      How is it misinterpreted and used to explain mankind's many unknowns?
      What is its place at the cutting edge of quantum physics? Robin meets
      today's physicists and thinkers who still tangle with the idea. And we
      find, no doubt, that Schrodinger's Cat (in all probability) is very
      much alive today.

      Producer: Dominic Byrne
      A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.
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