[ExI] The Quantum Zeno effect

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Dec 15 07:08:25 UTC 2010

Subject: Re: [ExI] The Quantum Zeno effect

The Quantum Zeno effect has me perplexed. Riddle me this, quantish thinkers:
If simply observing unstable particles can keep them from decaying, then why
do Geiger counters work at all?


It doesn't work!  When I was five, I was told a watched pot never boils.
Set that thing on the stove, never took my eyes off it, but that sucker
eventually boiled.  I concluded that grownups were full of shit.


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