Malament, David (2007) Norton's Slippery Slope. In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Symposia.
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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)|
|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
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Symposia|
|Depositing User:||David B. Malament|
|Date Deposited:||27 Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:14|
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