<history of philosophy, biography> Austrian physicist (1887-1961) who established modern wave mechanics and employed thought-experiments about the superposition of contradictory states to explore the apparently paradoxical consequences of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933. Recommended Reading: Erwin Schrodinger, Statistical Thermodynamics (Dover, 1989); Erwin Schrodinger, Space-Time Structure (Cambridge, 1985); Erwin Schrodinger, What Is Life?: 'The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell' with 'Mind and Matter' and 'Autobiographical Sketches', ed. by Roger Penrose (Cambridge, 1992); Walter Moore, Schrodinger: Life and Thought (Cambridge, 1989); Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg, Erwin Schrodinger and the Rise of Wave Mechanics: Schrodinger in Vienna and Zurich 1887-1925 (Springer Verlag, 2000); and John Gribbin, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality (Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, 1985).
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