Friday, 25 April 2008

The Raw and The Cooked

I have been thinking again about the large and the small. Quantum mechanics and general relativity, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, the Board of Directors and the workforce.

Schrödinger's cat? Yeah, an event at the quantum level linked to the life of a cat. So what? The observation of the wave function means the cat lives or dies. Life is cheap. Can we decide that the cat is dead without more than a glance inside a box anyway?

The search for a theory of everything is the search for a quantum theory of all the fundamental forces of nature. Is this possible? Has the creator censored the small print?

2 comments:

Splenetic said...

"Raffiniert ist der Herr Gott, aber boshaft ist Er nicht." The fine print is always well hidden, but will reveal itself to the diligent individual. The moon really is there even if you do not look

LoopZilla said...

Does the fine print have a limit? Is there an ultimate precision? Atoms gave way to electrons and nuclear particles, which in turn gave way to quarks...