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What is a newtonian system? The failure of energy conservation and determinism in supertasks

Alper, JS and Bridger, M and Earman, J and Norton, JD (2000) What is a newtonian system? The failure of energy conservation and determinism in supertasks. Synthese, 124 (2). 281 - 293. ISSN 0039-7857

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Supertasks recently discussed in the literature purport to display a failure of energy conservation and determinism in Newtonian mechanics. We debate whether these supertasks are admissible as Newtonian systems, with Earman and Norton defending the affirmative and Alper and Bridger the negative. © 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Alper, JS
Bridger, M
Earman, Jjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1 January 2000
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Volume: 124
Number: 2
Page Range: 281 - 293
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1023/a:1005257429769
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0039-7857
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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