After more than 80 years talking about whether the most famous cat in science was alive or dead, an FBI coroner now claims that Schrödinger’s cat committed suicide.
In 1935 Erwin Schrödinger got his cat in a closed, opaque box with a bottle Of mustard gas and a device, which contains a single radioactive particle with a probability of 0.5 being disintegrated in a given time, so that if the particle disintegrates, the mustard is released and the cat dies.
At the end of the set time, the probability that the device has been activated and the cat is dead is 0.5, and the probability that the device has not been activated and the cat is alive has the same value . According to the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is in the superposition of the states «alive» and «dead». However, once the box is opened to check the status of the cat, it will be dead or alive .
It happens that there is a property that the electrons possess, being able to be in two different places at the same time, called Western omnipresence, being able to be detected by the two receivers and giving us to suspect that the cat is alive and dead At the same time, what is called superposition. But when we open the box and we want to check if the cat is alive or not, we will disturb this state and see if the cat is alive or dead.
The fate of the cat. Live or dead.
Schrödinger finished the experiment and determined that the cat was definitely dead. Apparently he did not bury it and left it in the box in a closet. We would not talk about it until many years later.
In 1946 the cat was missing and the US government made a nationwide call explaining that the cat was alive or dead, for the sake of science, even posting posters in the streets where the cat appeared. Photo of the cat and a reward of $ 50,000. Although several students claimed to have seen him wandering around Oxford in October 1947, he could not be located and filed the case months later.
It was not until 1985 when a Wisconsin farmer , Michael Schrodson, apparently a family member of Schrödinger , said he had the skeleton of the cat in his barn. Several scientists at Harvard University rushed to the site to analyze it.
They concluded that it was indeed the cat, since the DNA tests were in agreement with the samples of Schrödinger’s laboratory. They also determined that he was indeed dead and that the cause of the death had been poisoning by mustard gas, by the presence still in the trace bones of the gas.
Cat´s suicide… or not.
The matter was closed and forgotten again for decades but in recent weeks a new autopsy by William Doubt , an FBI coroner, seems to prove that the cat died before being poisoned. According to the coroner, the traces of the venom are not in the area of the osseous and muscular tissue to which the gas should have come if the poisoning had occurred while the animal was alive.
William assumes that being weeks in the box and due to stress or presaging his destiny, the cat would have committed suicide, self suffocation or some alternative method within reach.
The autopsy of William, published in the New York Times has provoked a great stir and have appeared testimonies of the time that deny it. For example, a former Oxford University cellarist claims that the poison trigger failed and that the cat became dead , hence it sometimes seems alive and sometimes dead when they look at it.
It has also been recalled the already commented sighting of the cat roaming Oxford in 1937. Others talk about having seen it in 2016 in a box show in Vegas and also have received calls from a man claiming to be Elvis and that his cat the Schrödinger.
In any case, the results are inconclusive and eight decades later still all possibilities are discussed. There seems to be a reasonable doubt.