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The Physicist's Cat

by Enid Keil Sichel

The title of this book takes its name from a thought experiment conducted by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. He was thinking about quantum states, represented by a live cat and a dead cat, and illustrating how the act of measuring a quantum state affects the outcome of an experiment. The titles of the stories are topics in physics that, to a physicist, are jokes about the subjects of the stories.

Enid Sichel is a physicist who has worked in industry, government, and academia. She is an alumna of Smith College, B.A., and Rutgers University, Ph.D. She is the author of numerous technical publications and holds seven U.S. patents. In addition to physics, her interests include botany and hiking. She lives in Woods Hole and Hadley, MA and has never had a cat.