Happy birthday, Erwin Schrödinger! Two TEDx Talks to celebrate the physicist behind the famous cat

imageErwin Schrödinger (Photo: National Geographic / Science Source)

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, the physicist with a long name and an even longer(-lasting) impact on the field of quantum physics would have been 126 years old today. To celebrate the creator of the famed Schrödinger’s cat paraodox (which National Geographic explains wonderfully here), we’ve hand-picked a few TEDx Talks for the physicist in everyone.

Quantum certainty for the uncertain: Jacob Biamonte at TEDxCrocettaSalon
Leader of the Quantum Physics Research Division at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, Jacob Biamonte shows how the Schrödinger's cat paradox helps to explain how quantum physics interferes in our lives and how we can observe it.

The curiosity of quantum mechanics: Raymond Laflamme at TEDxWaterloo
At TEDxWaterloo, physicist Raymond Laflamme — one of those responsible for changing Stephen Hawking’s mind on the reversal of the direction of time in a contracting universe — gives the audience a crash course on quantum mechanics and ponders just what practical solutions quantum technology could provide a rapidly-advancing world.

Bonus — Camero Cat at TEDxKraków
Though not physicists (as far as we know), Camero Cat is well worth your time. Sounding like a mix of Gogol Bordello, The Decemberists, and Beirut, this “alternative pop opera” group from Kraków puts on a great show at TEDxKraków.

What oil does to democracy: Andrew Nikiforuk

Most petrostates – economies where oil accounts for more than twenty percent of revenue – share the same chronic problems. At TEDxCalgary, Andrew Nikiforuk shows that these polities tend to overspend, undertax, suffer from overvalued currencies, and become undemocratic. A solution, Nikiforuk believes, is to instate a taxation structure like that which exists in non-oil economies, leading to greater public inclusiveness and preventing one vested interest from dominating the political process. (Filmed at TEDxCalgary)

Each week, we choose four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Browse all TEDxTalks here »

A time traveler’s primer: Ryan North

What’s the first thing you’d invent if you could go back in time? At TEDxUofT, Ryan North shares his pick — the answer may surprise you. (Filmed at TEDxUofT)

Each week, we choose four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Browse all TEDxTalks here »