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Branching space-time, postprint January, 2003

Belnap, Nue; (2003) Branching space-time, postprint January, 2003. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    ``Branching space-time'' is a simple blend of relativity and indeterminism. Postulates and definitions rigorously describe the ``causal order'' relation between possible point events. The key postulate is a version of ``everything has a causal origin''; key defined terms include ``history'' and ``choice point.'' Some elementary but helpful facts are proved. Application is made to the status of causal contemporaries of indeterministic events, to how ``splitting'' of histories happens, to indeterminism without choice, and to Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen distant correlations.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: indeterminism, causation, relativity, EPR, branching space-times
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Nuel Belnap
    Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1003
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1003

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