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Chemistry Music Video 11: Schrodinger's Cat Strikes Back

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Uploaded on Aug 29, 2009

A simplification of the Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment...except now, the cat has her revenge! Starring Mina as Schrodinger's Cat. Music and lyrics copyright 2007 by Mark Rosengarten. All rights reserved.

Lyrics:

My names Erwin Schrödinger
I say how ya do?
And I have a paradox
That I must share with you!

If I take a big steel box
And put a cat within
Then I lock it up again
Let the experiment begin!

[Do an experiment on a cat
I bet you live to regret that]

Inside the box there with the cat
Some other crazy things
Theyll be in there for an hour
Ill list them as I sing!

A nucleus of an isotope
Has a half chance to decay
It will emit a particle
Geiger counters in the way

[I hope the walls are not too thick
Schrödinger, man, youre really sick!]

If the counter clicks a hit
It will trigger a hammer blow
On some cyanic acid
That poor cat will go!

But if the nucleus dont decay
In the hour that I give
In that case, when we open the box
Well see that my cat lived!

[Im gonna call SPCA
Better hope it dont decay]

During the hour we have no way
To verify our cats fate
Will the cat survive the time
Or will we be too late?

And so, without observation
A dual life our cats led
Because quantum mechanically,
Shes both alive and dead!

[If shes alive, you know its true
Revenge will be in store for you!]
How can she be both, you ask
Simultaneously?
Maybe the cat knows better,
But we dont, you see?

And so the hour passed us by
Without meow or purr
The cat was there, alive and dead
Which one? We cant infer!



Then the hour passed
And we opened up the box
(We were wearing gas masks
In case the hammer dropped!)

The cat just stood there, looking mad
Im not your experiment!
Who was your steadfast friend
Everywhere you went?

[Schrödinger, you scientist
Looks like your cat is really miffed!]

We looked closer in the box
And saw what she had done
The cat had pried the hammer loose
Because revenge is fun!

And so we will relate to you
What happened next with dread
The cat took up the hammer
And whacked Schrödinger on the head

[You thought that you were really smart
Your cat just bashed your head apart]

And so now its Schrödinger
Who lies dead on the floor
Atop him his triumphant cat
Will live forevermore!

Schrödingers Cat Strikes Back!
Schrödingers Cat Strikes Back!
Schrödingers Cat Strikes Back!
Schrödingers Cat Strikes Back!
Schrödingers Cat Strikes Back!

(purr)

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