Yesterday, while scrolling through social media, I found a few tweets and posts and pins extolling the virtues of an app that “reads” books for people in under 5 minutes. I found replies to these tweets and posts and pins decrying the app, declaring that if literature is reduced to sound bites and quick consumption options, society is apt to fall into a state of illiteracy.
It was then I realized I had discovered the Schrödinger’s cat of literature.
For those who don’t recognize the name Erwin Schrödinger (12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961), he was an Austrian theoretical physicist who added to the Wave Theory of Matter by devising a wave equation for electron movements. thereby revolutionizing quantum mechanics.
Now I’m not a scientist. I don’t even play one on television. But I do understand the concept of Schrödinger’s cat, so it stood to reason that I should create a series of literary Schrödinger’s cats. Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting my new series titled, “Shakespeare In 5” wherein I will put one of William Shakespeare’s plays into my newly found Literary Schrödinger Equation and sharing the results with all of you on my blog and on social media.
This weeks’ offering is “Hamlet” and in keeping with all new apps, there may or may not be some mistakes in the output. That being said, if there are any mistakes, they are minor and easily overlooked because, well, you know … technology. But mostly, the output is totally accurate except for those minor mistakes that may or may not happen as the text is crunched through the Literary Schrödinger Equation.
Please share this with your friends, fans, followers, and family but remember you heard it from me first so don’t be claiming the Literary Schrödinger Equation or any of its output as your own invention. Karma has a way of catching up with people who do that but that’s a whole different story completely.