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A Non-Idealised Account of Records

Mason, Lucy (2023) A Non-Idealised Account of Records. [Preprint]


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Records of the past are a pervasive feature of our world which are referred to in many areas of both physics and philosophy, but there is no widespread consensus on what records are. I will present a new account of records in terms of robustness against noise. This account highlights previously overlooked features of records: their use of redundancy and that they must be treated macroscopically. These features have implications the use of records in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics and shows how the misuse of records has caused problems in the philosophy of physics literature.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: records, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, coarse-graining, time
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Lucy Mason
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:05
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2023 03:05
Item ID: 22794
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2023

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