August 12, 2013 at 03:59 PM EDT

Know-it-alls of the world: Today’s Google Doodle honoree just might have you beat.

Celebrating what would have been his 126th birthday, Google today honors Erwin Schrödinger, the quantum physicist whose eponymous equation lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933 for the introduction of Schrödinger’s wave, a mathematical equation of wave mechanics that is still a widely used piece of Mathematics in modern quantum theory.

But what does any of that science jargon have to do with a cat, which is featured prominently in the Doodle? It’s not just because the Internet loves cats — Google is paying homage to Schrodinger’s famous “Schrödinger’s cat” thought experiment. The theory is far too elaborate to write out in a sentence or two – but this silly video below breaks it down fairly well. Bonus: While not the first time the phrase was used, the idiom “curiosity killed the cat” is often traced back to this work. Watch below and enjoy being the smartest person at your office today:

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