Friday, May 31, 2013

Thank Gods It's FreyaDay!

Good Morning, Humans.

I am in a box.

I enjoy playing in this box.

My humans think it is funny that I am in this box.

They are so silly.

They do not realize that I am playing an exciting game I call Physics Cat!

I am Physics Cat! I am exploring the limitations of quantum mechanics.

If Apollo or Artemis wander over here, I'll show them some entanglement, too!

I am Physics Cat!

I am alive, I am frisky and I like to play in this box!

Thank gods it's FreyaDay!

Schrödinger's Cat

Photons spin, electrons whirl,
down there in odd quantum worlds.
The game is changed, some say deranged,
the sub-atomic ways are strange
and mysterious, and seriously surreal.

Is what you see, what you get;
There is no paradox here, Humans.
a particle of truth or a wave of regret?
The choppy chaos of the paradigm bet;
a unique mathermatic to fathom the set.

A new kind of looking with a new range of tools.
Up close and personal with weird molecules.
The study of coincidence that overturns the rules,
of anomalous phenomena and the prophesy of fools.

Protons spin, neutrons twirl,
like batons thrown by cheering girls.
Atoms twin in a spiral dance,
of random proteins, where all is chance
and mysterious, and seriously surreal.

In the multiples of universe, the elements collide,
to fashion pious fabulum in all its form and pride.
The infinite possibilities, the vistas open wide
to the parallel realities, existing side by side.

Micron thin, the plasma swirls,
deep within these nano worlds.
When is a cat, not a cat;
when it is, or where it's at?
It's all mysterious, and seriously surreal.

- David Smith-White


  1. Thanks for your video explaining in simple terms the concept!
    I now think that the last two lines of my poem are somewhat misleading so I hope you can forgive me for my 'errors'. While it is surely true that my understanding of science is clearly rudimentary, I still maintain an intense interest in the subject. I put this down to the fact that my father was a Professor of Pure Mathematics, and while I was hopeless at that discipline myself, I stll retain an interest in 'all things scientific', if only from a layman's perspective!

    Best Wishes from Sydney,
    David Smith-White.

    P.S. Can I say that the scrambled letters confirmation system you use is almost impossible for me to use satisfactorily as my vision is extremely limited and after many attempts to post here have met with no success at all. Equally the 'sound' alternative is not much better as all I hear is 'gobble-de-gook' and I'm unable to distinguish one number from another.
    What a crock!
    But I persevere.

  2. David, thank you for posting your comment! I have been away from the blog for a couple of weeks and have only just seen it. I thoroughly enjoyed your poem! Like you, I'm very interested in science and mathematics from a layperson's perspective - but I have never had enough understanding to express my thoughts in such delightful verse!
    I must apologise for the scrambled letters (I share your frustration with them) - unfortunately, I don't have any control over the filter on blogger - I tried no filters at first, but I found that the comments then filled up with spam and nuisance posters. This is a poor but necessary solution. FYI, though - your earlier attempts were successful, and I have published the final, full comment. Thank you again! Cheers!