Journal Article

Determinism and the Mystery of the Missing Physics

Mark Wilson

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 60, issue 1, pages 173-193
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axn052
Determinism and the Mystery of the Missing Physics

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This article surveys the difficulties in establishing determinism for classical physics within the context of several distinct foundational approaches to the discipline. It explains that such problems commonly emerge due to a deeper problem of ‘missing physics'.

The Problems of Formalism

Norton's Example

Three Species of Classical Mechanics 3.1

Mass point physics

3.2

The physics of perfect constraints

3.3

Continuum mechanics

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Journal Article.  7694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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