Thocht experiment

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A famous example, Schrödinger's cat (1935), presents a cat that micht be alive or dead, dependin on an earlier random event. It illustrates the problem o the Copenhagen interpretation applied tae everyday objects.

A thocht experiment or Gedankenexperiment (frae German) considers some hypothesis, theory,[1] or principle for the purpose o thinkin throu its consequences.

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  1. "[C]onjectures or hypotheses ... are really to be regarded as thought "experiments" through which we wish to discover whether something can be explained by a specific assumption in connection with other natural laws." —Hans Christian Ørsted("First Introduction to General Physics" ¶16-¶18, part of a series of public lectures at the University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen 1811, in Danish, printed by Johan Frederik Schulz. In Kirstine Meyer's 1920 edition of Ørsted's works, vol.III pp. 151-190. ) "First Introduction to Physics: the Spirit, Meaning, and Goal of Natural Science". Reprinted in German in 1822, Schweigger's Journal für Chemie und Physik 36, pp. 458–488, as translated in Ørsted 1997, pp. 296–298