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Implications of quantum theory in the foundations of statistical mechanics

Wallace, David (2001) Implications of quantum theory in the foundations of statistical mechanics. [Preprint]

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        Abstract

        An investigation is made into how the foundations of statistical mechanics are affected once we treat classical mechanics as an approximation to quantum mechanics in certain domains rather than as a theory in its own right; this is necessary if we are to understand statistical-mechanical systems in our own world. Relevant structural and dynamical differences are identified between classical and quantum mechanics (partly through analysis of technical work on quantum chaos by other authors). These imply that quantum mechanics significantly affects a number of foundational questions, including the nature of statistical probability and the direction of time.


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        Item Type: Preprint
        Keywords: Statistical mechanics Quantum chaos
        Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
        Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
        Depositing User: David Wallace
        Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2001
        Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
        Item ID: 410
        URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/410

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