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Norton's Slippery Slope

Malament, David (2007) Norton's Slippery Slope. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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In my contribution to the Symposium ("On the Vagaries of Determinism and Indeterminism"), I will identify several issues that arise in trying to decide whether Newtonian particle mechanics qualifies as a deterministic theory. I'll also give a mini-tutorial on the geometry and dynamical properties of Norton's dome surface. The goal is to better understand how his example works, and better appreciate just how wonderfully strange it is.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Malament, David
Additional Information: The paper, in part, assumes familiarity with John Norton's "dome example", as described in "The Dome: An Unexpectedly Simple Failure of Determinism". The latter is available from this Archive.
Keywords: determinism, Newtonian particle mechanics, Painleve conjecture
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: David B. Malament
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3195

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