(PRWEB) September 23, 2012
Schrödinger's Cat is a famous thought experiment that supposedly highlighs the 'fact' that unless something is being observed, you cannot be certain that it exists. Bard and Book Publishing released a short story by author Anthony Horvath titled "In Search of Schrödinger's Cat" written as though the 'Multiverse' is real.
What is the 'Multiverse'? It is one possible way to wrestle with the implications of the quantum dilemma illustrated by Schrödinger's famous cat. In this illustration, a cat is placed into a box and a contraption is set up that will kill the cat--or won't kill it--unless a quantum event takes place, and one cannot know if this event has taken place unless or until the cat is finally observed. A further implication is drawn: you cannot even be sure that cat itself exists until it is observed.
This seems like an absurd conclusion, with the simplest inference being that while technically true, the problem evaporates if one posits a 'Prime Observer.' Since this option is off the table for many scientists, they choose the next available possibility: something does not cease to exist just because it is not being observed, but rather every time there is a situation with two different outcomes, both outcomes are realized simultaneously--in two different universes. In other words, universes are branching off willy-nilly and have been for practically forever, so that every conceivable universe really does exist somewhere.
"There is a universe, for example," says author Anthony Horvath, "that Richard Dawkins has in this very moment repudiated his atheism and has become a Christian. In one universe, it was perhaps because the evidence persuaded him. In another universe, it was because his cereal became soggy. But there is a universe where this happens."
The story follows a character named Brian who is absolutely convinced that the Multiverse is the real and true account and is a bit miffed that other Brians are making out better than he is: he is having a very bad universe.
The story is available on Smashwords for free until October 1st using the coupon code: HH98R
After that, "In Search of Schrödinger's Cat" is only available according to the membership terms of the Bard and Book community. Free members can access a story for up to 30 days after its release while paying subscribers have access to all stories throughout the length of their membership.
Horvath says, "You may be thinking that you have no interest in reading this story. But there is a universe where nonetheless you not only are going to read it, you decide to forgo the coupon code and actually fork over a buck to read it. How do you know it's not this universe? It could very well be. You may as well click on the link and see what fate has in store for you."
Bard and Book Publishing is a collection of seven authors and the community of readers gathered around them. The most popular stories, as determined by the community of readers, is put into print and published along more traditional lines.
Horvath or any of the authors in the Bard and Book community are available for interviews and can be reached through Horvath at publisher(at)bardandbook(dot)com.