### Schrödinger's Cat: The Paradox That Defined Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics is a fascinating and complex subject that has intrigued scientists and philosophers for decades. One of the most well-known and intriguing paradoxes in quantum mechanics is Schrödinger's cat. This paradox involves a hypothetical cat that is placed in a sealed box with a radioactive source that has a 50/50 chance of emitting a particle that triggers a mechanism that will kill the cat. According to quantum mechanics, until the box is opened and the cat is observed, it exists in a superposition of both alive and dead states. Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment that highlights the peculiarities of quantum mechanics. It was proposed by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 as a way to illustrate the absurdity of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, which suggests that particles exist in a state of superposition until they are observed. The paradox raises many questions about the nature of reality and the role of observation in quantum