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Classical Particle Dynamics, Indeterminism and a Supertask

Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 48, issue 1, pages 49-54
Published in print March 1997 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 1997 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/48.1.49
Classical Particle Dynamics, Indeterminism and a Supertask

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In this paper a model in particle dynamics of a well-known supertask is constructed. As a consequence, a new and simple result about the failure of determinism of classical particle dynamics can be proved which is related to the non-existence of boundary conditions at spatial infinity. This result is much more accessible to the non-technical reader than similar ones in the scientific literature.

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