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Probability and Typicality in Deterministic Physics

Hemmo, Meir and Shenker, Orly (2010) Probability and Typicality in Deterministic Physics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Recently it has been argued that typicality considerations play a crucial explanatory role in deterministic theories in physics (e.g. classical statistical mechanics and Bohmian mechanics). In this approach a sharp distinction is made between typicality and probability. We analyze in this paper the relation between the notion of typicality and probability, the question of the choice of measure in deterministic theories in physics, and the way in which probability and typicality arise and should be understood in such theories. We argue that in deterministic theories it is the notion of probability rather than typicality that may (sometimes) have explanatory value.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: typicality, probability, measure, Lebesgure measure, statistical mechanics, Bohmian mechanics, physics, thermodynamics,second law, arrow of time, Lanford's theorem.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Depositing User: Dr Orly R. Shenker
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 14:53
    Last Modified: 11 May 2011 14:53
    Item ID: 8604
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8604

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