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Schrodinger's Cat Mug Set

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$29.99
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Schrodinger's Cat Mug Set. These two ceramic mugs look the same, but when you add hot water, one of them reveals a live cat inside the box, while the other..... well, let's just be glad it's only a thought experiment. The best mug set for your many worlds! Until you fill the mug you never know which cat you'll have and the cats can be simultaneously alive and dead, just like in Schrodinger's thought experiment. Each mug holds 10 oz. Hand wash. Do not soak. Microwave safe.

A living cat is placed into a steel chamber along with a hammer, a vial of hydrocyanic acid and a very small amount of radioactive substance. If even a single atom of the radioactive substance decays during the test period, a relay mechanism will trip the hammer, which will in turn break the vial of poisonous gas and cause the cat to die. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Shrodinger created this mental experiment in 1935 to point out the paradox between what quantum theorists held to be true about the nature and behavior of matter on the microscopic level and what the average person observes to be true on the macroscopic level with the unaided human eye. In the experiment, the observer cannot know whether or not an atom of the substance has decayed so does not know whether the vial has broken and the cat has been killed. So the cat will be both dead and alive until someone looks into the box.