Erwin Schrödinger and the Half-Alive Cat

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger is one of the founders of quantum mechanics. In 1935, he posed this problem: imagine you take a cat and place it in a sealed box along with a radioactive device that had a 50% chance of killing the cat. In an hour, is the cat dead or alive? What do you think?

Srinivasa Ramanujan, taxicabs, and nested radicals

Srinivasa Ramanujan Aiyangar (22 December 1887 – 26 April 1920) is a 20th century mathematician who lived during the British Raj. Today, we are going to talk about 3 numbers related to Ramanujan: 1729, 3, and -1/12. Let us start the blog with 1729. Ramanujan’s professor Godfrey Harold Hardy came to visit him in hospital… Continue reading Srinivasa Ramanujan, taxicabs, and nested radicals