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 statisticalmechanical 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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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 15:10  
Item ID:  410  
URI:  http://philsciarchive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/410 
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