Monday, July 19, 2010

Trembling.


Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) may be best known for his brilliant work in theoretical physics (and popularly for his cat paradox), but he also wrote some seriously sexy poems, which inspired our quantum love letter in Entanglement.

The particular poem from which we borrowed is called Trembling, and was written in August, 1945 for a young Irish woman named Kate Nolan, one of Schrödinger's many overlapping lovers. The poem is about taking her virginity on a warm summer night. Here is an excerpt, translated from the German:

As last night your beloved body

Quivered in my embrace
That was no amorous pastime
'Twas torment, experienced in delight

(From Schrödinger: Life and Thought by Walter Moore)

Kate was one of numerous women with whom Schrödinger had an extramarital affair and one of several with whom he had a child (he also fathered a child with his colleague's wife Hilde). His wife Anny also had many relationships outside of their marriage; however, their marriage was a peaceful and happy one. The breadth of Schrödinger's romantic (and theoretical, of course) entanglements leaves me undeniably breathless. I feel quite honored that a little bit of his love life made its way into our video.

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