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Losing energy in classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics.

Atkinson, David (2006) Losing energy in classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    A Zenonian supertask involving an infinite number of colliding balls is considered, under the restriction that the total mass of all the balls is finite. Classical mechanics leads to the conclusion that momentum, but not necessarily energy, must be conserved. Relativistic mechanics, on the other hand, implies that energy and momentum conservation are always violated. Quantum mechanics, however, seems to rule out the Zeno configuration as an inconsistent system.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Zeno supertask, conservation laws, relativity, quantum mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: David Atkinson
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2639
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2639

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