Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:13

Erwin Schrodinger: Men of Ideas

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Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961) was an Austrian-Irish physicist.  He contributed what is now called Schrodinger equations in quantum mechanics and for which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. He is also known for his thought experiment called the Schrodinger cat thought experiment.

Like his Friend, Albert Einstein, Schrodinger’s fame rests on four papers he published in quick succession.

In the first paper, in 1926, he showed that there is energy eigenvalues for the hydrogen-like atom, proving a derivation of the wave equation for time independent systems.

The second paper solved the quantum harmonic oscillator problem.

The third paper showed the equivalence of his equations and Heisenberg’s.

The fort and final paper showed how to treat problems in which the system changes with time, as in scattering problems.

Schrodinger was interested in Hinduism especially its philosophical aspect, Vedanta, and wrote a book based on it: What is life?  In that book he speculated that individual consciousness may be a manifestation of a unitary consciousness that pervades the universe.

Unfortunately, despite his interest in religion and God, Schrodinger had an interesting life style: he lived with several women at a time, and fathered children all over the place.

In his Schrodinger cat experiment he suggests that a life cat in our world might have a counterpart in parallel worlds.

REFERENCES

Erwin Schrodinger. The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. (1995)

Erwin Schrodinger. Expanding Universe. (1956)

Erwin Schrodinger. What is Life? (1946)

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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