Journal Article

Inertia and Determinism

Jason Zimba

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 59, issue 3, pages 417-428
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online July 2008 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axn016
Inertia and Determinism

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Suppose all of the particles in the universe should happen to come to rest at the same time, in positions so arranged that all of the forces on every particle balance to zero at that time. What would happen next? Or rather, what does Newtonian mechanics say will happen next?

Preface

Inertia and Stasis 2.1

Stating the Law of Inertia more precisely

2.2

The stasis scenario

Indeterministic Examples 3.1

Abstract example

3.2

Second example

Non-Lipschitz Forces and Determinism

Beyond the Stasis Scenario

Journal Article.  4239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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