Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Schrödinger the Cat’s Election Theorem

For those of you who haven't met him before, observe - my cat, Schrödinger.  (He used to belong to a friend of mine, and I started taking care of him "temporarily," and that temporary status lengthened.  His registration officially changed hands on October 31.  Appropriate, perhaps, for a black cat. I wish I could take credit for his name, but alas, I can't.)

Schrödinger knows a thing or two about elections.

Schrödinger the Cat's Election Theorem: You can’t know whether your candidate has won or lost until the votes are counted. Until that moment, your candidate is half a winner, and half a loser.



If you don't understand the humor in the theorem, or the cat's name...

3 comments:

Greta Koehl said...

Ah, he's a doll. We inherited a couple of cats in the same way.

Martin said...

If all posts were this intelligent and witty, the world would be a much better place. And it's Thursday so it's Big Bang Theory NIght.

Heather Rojo said...

At the MIT living group known as New House 3 (don't know what's it called today) there was a resident cat named Schrodinger- nicknamed Schroeder when he walked across the piano at night.