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Nonconservation of Energy and Loss of Determinism. II. Colliding with an open set.

Atkinson, David and Johnson, Porter (2010) Nonconservation of Energy and Loss of Determinism. II. Colliding with an open set. [Published Article]

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    Abstract

    An actual infinity of colliding balls can be in a configuration in which the laws of mechanics lead to logical inconsistency. It is argued that one should therefore limit the domain of these laws to a finite, or only a potentially infinite number of elements. With this restriction indeterminism, energy nonconservation and {\em creatio ex nihilo} no longer occur. A numerical analysis of finite systems of colliding balls is given, and the asymptotic behaviour that corresponds to the potentially infinite system is inferred.


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    Item Type: Published Article
    Keywords: Mechanics. Energy conservation. Determinism.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Depositing User: David Atkinson
    Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2011 10:18
    Last Modified: 25 Dec 2011 10:18
    Item ID: 8973
    Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8973

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