What is a Pokémon and how does it get into the Poké Ball? A Nobel Prize in Physics has the answer

Ever since I played my first Pokémon, as surely as anyone familiar with the franchise has, I’ve fantasized about capturing a pocket-sized creature in a Poké Ball. How these disparately sized beasts fit into a small spherical capsule device remains a question that haunts me before I sleep.

And there is a second question that can help us unlock this very complex problem. In addition, it is surely one that had been on your mind, but that you never rested: “What is a Pokémon?”. I assure you that the question has more chicha than it seems.

By the way, we are not talking about its justification in the series or in the lore of the gaming world. You are two searches away from learning that Arceus is the “God” Pokémon, which Mew contains the original DNA of these 2 animals”, as well as there are deities associated with time or space. Let’s get to the root of the matter: Are they an extraterrestrial species? Have they evolved just like humans or has someone put them here? …

Pokémon are not quite like us

electric pikachu

The clearest definition is that they are animals from a work of fiction; And of course they are not like humans. But that’s not what the text is about. Pokémon are obviously different from humans in the context of the game and the series because they do different things. They have greater physical power, and what is more important, they can deal with energy in ways that humans are incapable of.

Our species can barely generate two types of energy: kinetics generated by our body with movement and calorific that we emanate through our 36-37 degrees Celsius. Of course we also have electricity in our body, since The nerve impulses that make us move have voltages on the order of millivolts..

We are going to lay the foundations using something that you will all understand. In old editions of the Pokédex it was commented that Pikachu could produce lightning with an electrical charge between 15 and 350 coulombs, and a voltage ranging between 10 and 100 million volts.. The difference with humans is ridiculously large, but it is also with the most powerful bioelectric predator such as the electric eel (Electrophorus voltai), which can reach just 860 volts… If those are enough to take down a bull or a crocodile, imagine good old Pikachu.

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The things that these beings do, however perfected they may be, do not respond to a completely organic body. There has to be something else that justifies why they can do things like that, or even other abilities like throwing fire, generating water, having full smashing force, or even going through walls like Ghost-types.

What you might not have expected is that we can find a possible answer both in something that we have been seeing in series, manga and video games for decades, but also in a theory enunciated in 1924 by the French physicist Louis Victor de Broglie. A theory that would earn him the Nobel Prize in Physics. It’s time to talk about the corpuscle wave duality of Pokémon.

Pokémon could be both energy and matter

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De Broglie equation

Until this scientist arrived, it was thought that light was a wave and that matter was something quite different. What was revolutionary about what was stated by this physicist was the following: “All matter presents both wave and corpuscular characteristics, behaving in one way or another depending on the specific experiment”. What he did was rely on what Einstein said a few years before, and that he spoke of how, in certain processes, electromagnetic waves of light could behave like physical particles with a certain weight.

The interesting thing is that De Broglie claimed that the opposite could happen, and that matter could also behave like a wave. It is a general law, so we can apply it even to our bodies. If we use variables such as our weight and the speed at which we run, for example, we can generate a wave; but be clear about one thing, it will be of such a small wavelength that we would not present appreciable properties of its family.

We then found a justification for the Pokémon: they would be an anomaly within the wave-particle duality. They respond to the proposed model, but their values ​​would not fit the above formula. The reason is something so basic and obvious for every fan of the saga, like that Pokémon can be converted into pure energy to enter Poké Balls.

In fact, it is not the only thing that alludes to the energetic nature of Pokémon. Attacks like the Gigadrained can absorb energy from other Pokémon, which pocket monsters can be transported and stored as data on a PCor that the MT be CD’s, make clear that energetic nature of the Pokémon. Not to mention the case Porygonwhich borders on Digimon as it was created from data.

If we go to the original source, which is the games, specifically Pokémon Arceus Legends, it is that these beings they come from another dimension, and we add this: that dimension has fundamental constants different from those of our world. What does this mean? That De Broglie’s equation works, but for example with a different constant than Plank’s. That would explain why they can generate energy in a more spectacular way than humans.

Summarizing our theory: Pokémon would be living beings, but they can both take advantage of their physical and wave duality to unleash attacks, or be placed in a Poké Ball to take up less space. The Pokémon would be, if you’re a fan of the Watchmen comics, A few Dr, miniature Manhattan.