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A Physical Model of Zeno's Dichotomy

Leonard Angel

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 52, issue 2, pages 347-358
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/52.2.347
A Physical Model of Zeno's Dichotomy

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A model of Zeno's dichotomy paradox is presented in Newtonian collision mechanics. One of several resolutions of the paradox illustrates the point that even in Newtonian ontology there is a spacetime weave. In a Newtonian system in which the base rules permit only spatial contact interactions, we find the mechanical emergence of action‐at‐a‐distance effects.

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