1961-01-04 Vienna, Austria / What is Life / Was ist das Leben / O que é a Vida / Qué es la Vida

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Erwin Schrödinger was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory.

He was the author of many works in various fields of physics: statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, physics of dielectrics, electrodynamics, general relativity, colour theory, and cosmology.

In his book ‘What Is Life?’ Schrödinger addressed the problems of genetics, looking at the phenomenon of life from the point of view of physics. He paid great attention to the philosophical aspects of science, ancient and oriental philosophical concepts, ethics, and religion.

He is also known for his ‘Schrödinger’s cat’ thought-experiment, sometimes described as a paradox. The scenario presents a hypothetical cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead.

The task is … not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.

In April 1920, Schrödinger married Annemarie Bertel. Schrödinger had an unconventional personal life.

When he migrated to Ireland in 1938, he obtained visas for himself, his wife and also another woman, Mrs. Hilde March. March was the wife of an Austrian colleague and Schrödinger had fathered a daughter with her in 1934.

In October 1939 the ‘Ménage à trois’ duly took up residence in Dublin. Schrödinger fathered two further daughters by two different women during his time in Ireland.

Even if I should be right in this, I do not know whether my way of approach is really the best and simplest. But, in short, it was mine.

The present is the only things that has no end.

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