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Zeno's Arrow, Newton's Mechanics, and Bell's Inequalities

Leonard Angel

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 53, issue 2, pages 161-182
Published in print June 2002 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/53.2.161
Zeno's Arrow, Newton's Mechanics, and Bell's Inequalities

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A model of a new version of Zeno's arrow paradox is presented in a plausible extension of Newtonian collision mechanics. In exploring various avenues for resolution of the paradox, it becomes evident that a prerelativistic classical physical topology which is locally deterministic can mechanically generate nonclassical ontological properties such as the appearance of a particle in many places at once. It can also mimic some properties of quantum physics, including unprepared spatially‐separated correlations.

1 Zeno's arrow paradox

2 Newtonian collision mechanics and extensions of it

3 Our initial condition (IC)

4 Demonstrating the model paradox

5 Resolving the paradox

6 Unprepared correlations in spatially‐separated events

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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