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The collapse of supertasks

Romero, Gustavo E. (2014) The collapse of supertasks. Foundations of Science, 19. pp. 209-216. ISSN 1233-1821

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Abstract

A supertask consists in the performance of an infinite number of actions in a infinite time. I show that any attempt to carry out a supertask will produce a divergence of the curvature of spacetime, resulting in the formation
of a black hole. I maintain that supertaks, contrarily to a popular view among philosophers, are physically impossible. Supertasks, literally, collapse under
their own weight.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Romero, Gustavo E.gustavo.esteban.romero@gmail.com
Keywords: Change - events - formal ontology - spacetime - quantum mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Gustavo E. Romero
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 15:31
Item ID: 14289
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Science
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-013-9338-7
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 209-216
Volume: 19
ISSN: 1233-1821
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14289

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