Schrödinger’s Coffee Pot
The importance of coffee
Drinking coffee early in the morning is a very important part of my work routine. Such importance relays on that it keeps me awake while I code, and not only that, but according to ilovecoffee.jp, and some other more scientific and reliable source, coffee, or should I say caffeine enhances your ability to focus.
So coffee not only plays a key element in me not passing out on my keyboard every morning, but it also makes me less vulnerable to click on every gif, and read every article I see while I’m at work. Coffee is so important that we must set ground rules, community rules, work rules, based on justice, equality and the importance of caffeine consumption.
So, you might be asking yourself what are those rules? Where I used to work we only had one rule (regarding coffee) that mattered, a very strict rule about what the acceptable, minimum, amount of coffee on the coffee pot should be at any given time, and that is at least one mug, yes, that’s right a mug, not a cup, that’s because a metric cup is 250 milliliters, which usually is less than a common mug, meassuring at 350 ml. In my personal experience, every freaking single time I get up to get coffee the coffee pot barely has the acceptable, minimum amount (sometimes even less 😠). Meaning that every time I fill my mug I have to brew a new batch of coffee. Although brewing coffee once a day might seem relaxing to some, having to brew coffee 3 or 4 times a day is kind of annoying, specially when you only drink 3 or 4 mugs a day, but brew a full pot every single time.
Schrödinger’s Coffee Pot
In 1935 Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger, created a thought experiment commonly known as the Schrödinger’s Cat which tries to explain the superposition of quantum mechanics. Meaning the odd way that subatomic particles behave. So the way he tried to explain this is with his metaphorical cat. Imagine, if you will, a cat in a box, but that cat is not alone, its box-mates are a tiny radioactive thingy, a geiger counter, a hammer and a glass full of deadly gas. In this experiment the radioactive thingy may or may not decay and the geiger counter will set off and trigger the hammer that will break the glass, releasing the deadly gas and killing the cat. There is a 50% chance that the cat might be dead at the end of the experiment, and obviously a 50% chance the cat might be alive. So in this paradox/thought experiment while the box is closed the cat is both death and alive, this being because of the subatomic superposition, meaning that the atoms of the radioactive thingy are decayed but not decayed at the same time.
The explanation to how is the cat dead and alive at the same time, but a cat can’t be dead and alive at the same time, because a cat is not a quantum object. So what happens? There are several explanations that try to solve what happens with the cat, like the many worlds theory or the many worlds interpretation, which states that at the end of the experiment there will be new alternate universes, one in which the cat is alive and another one where the cat is, sadly, dead. So what does this theoretical experiment has to do with coffee? Well I believe that every time I got up my office chair to get a mug of coffee, I ended up on the wrong universe, meaning that there’s not enough coffee on the coffee pot. But what triggers this alternate universes to exist in this awful, coffee-less world? Why is it always my turn to brew coffee? Maybe we can’t answer this question easily with the Schrödinger’s Coffee Pot experiment, maybe it was just bad luck, maybe I shouldn’t fixate on