Light waves to Schrödinger’s cat
Light is a wave and a particle
And it does not matter
If a particle’s partiality
Parts with the classical concept
A wave can be a particle
And matter, or matter not.
The behaviour of the quantum
Is unpredictable in the extreme
So firing particles through a mountain
Isn’t all that it may seem?
Like position and momentum,
Or like photons and matter,
Waving to a particle
Leaves light in tatters.
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle meet Schrödinger’s cat
What matters is the wave
So, that is that.
Particle duality and a scratchy cat
Resolve matters incompletely, on the particle-mat
Where holes in the universe
Let the particles wave, as time will pass.
The presence of consciousness lightens up the room
As wave turns to particle and disappears too soon;
Looking at the stars and waving at the past
I think maybe, just maybe, the magic will last.
Live Dead — The Grateful Dead 1969