Robert Kroese turns his signature humor on quantum physics, and the result is Schrodinger’s Gat. Kroese calls Schrodinger’s Gat a quantum physics noir thriller, and he’s right, but it’s an intellectual kind of thriller.
The story follows Paul Bayes, a down-on-his-luck sad sack thrown unexpectedly into the middle of a mysterious serious of events when he meets a strange woman named Tali with the apparent power to predict and alter future events. When she disappears, Paul sets out to find out what happened, and only ends up falling further down the proverbial rabbit hole.
The only standout tech in Schrodinger’s Gat is the device that allows Tali to predict future mass death events – sometimes. A large part of the story, however, involves ruminations on quantum theory, and in particular on the question of free will. It is the dominant theme of the story and is quite thought provoking. And while I’m no expert on the subject, the authors explanation of quantum theory seemed accurate based on what I know of modern understanding.
If you’re into action-packed sci-fi and are bored by lengthy philosophical discussion, this is might not the book for you. Don’t get me wrong, there is a compelling story as Paul uncovers the mysterious forces behind some unusual events. But the intellectual exploration and its implications for our understanding of the universe is at least as important, if not more so, than the plot itself.
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