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  1. A Scientific Metaphysical Naturalisation of Information.Bruce Long - 2018 - Dissertation, University of Sydney
    The objective of this thesis is to present a naturalised metaphysics of information, or to naturalise information, by way of deploying a scientific metaphysics according to which contingency is privileged and a-priori conceptual analysis is excluded (or at least greatly diminished) in favour of contingent and defeasible metaphysics. The ontology of information is established according to the premises and mandate of the scientific metaphysics by inference to the best explanation, and in accordance with the idea that the primacy of physics (...)
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  2. Is Geometry Analytic?David Mwakima - 2017 - Dianoia 1 (4):66 - 78.
    In this paper I present critical evaluations of Ayer and Putnam's views on the analyticity of geometry. By drawing on the historico-philosophical work of Michael Friedman on the relativized apriori; and Roberto Torretti on the foundations of geometry, I show how we can make sense of the assertion that pure geometry is analytic in Carnap's sense.
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  3. Infinite Idealizations in Physics.Elay Shech - 2018 - Philosophy Compass 13 (9):e12514.
    In this essay, I provide an overview of the debate on infinite and essential idealizations in physics. I will first present two ostensible examples: phase transitions and the Aharonov– Bohm effect. Then, I will describe the literature on the topic as a debate between two positions: Essentialists claim that idealizations are essential or indispensable for scientific accounts of certain physical phenomena, while dispensabilists maintain that idealizations are dispensable from mature scientific theory. I will also identify some attempts at finding a (...)
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  4. Understanding, Explanation, and Intelligibility. [REVIEW]Insa Lawler - 2018 - Metascience:1-4.
    Review of Henk de Regt's "Understanding Scientific Understanding".
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  5. Pan-Physics: Whitehead's Philosophy of Natural Science.Leemon McHenry - 1990 - In Victor Lowe & J. B. Schneewind (eds.), Alfred North Whitehead: The Man and His Work, Volume II: 1910-1947. pp. 89-130.
    This chapter of Victor Lowe's Alfred North Whitehead: The Man and His Work, Volume II: 1910-1947 covers the development of Whitehead's philosophy of physics while he was Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Imperial College, London. Under the influence of Einstein's theory of relativity, Whitehead developed a theory of extension that explained the basis of the space-time manifold in terms of an ontology of events. Pan-physics was his term for the unification of the natural sciences as one general science.
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  6. Science and Hypothesis: The Complete Text by Henri Poincaré (New Translation).Mélanie Frappier, Andrea Smith & David J. Stump (eds.) - 2017 - London: Bloomsbury.
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  7. Maxwell Gravitation.Neil Dewar - 2018 - Philosophy of Science 85 (2):249-270.
    This article gives an explicit presentation of Newtonian gravitation on the backdrop of Maxwell space-time, giving a sense in which acceleration is relative in gravitational theory. However, caution is needed: assessing whether this is a robust or interesting sense of the relativity of acceleration depends on some subtle technical issues and on substantive philosophical questions over how to identify the space-time structure of a theory.
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  8. Interpretations of Quantum Theory in the Light of Modern Cosmology.Castagnino Mario, Fortin Sebastian, Laura Roberto & Sudarsky Daniel - 2017 - Foundations of Physics 47 (11):1387-1422.
    The difficult issues related to the interpretation of quantum mechanics and, in particular, the “measurement problem” are revisited using as motivation the process of generation of structure from quantum fluctuations in inflationary cosmology. The unessential mathematical complexity of the particular problem is bypassed, facilitating the discussion of the conceptual issues, by considering, within the paradigm set up by the cosmological problem, another problem where symmetry serves as a focal point: a simplified version of Mott’s problem.
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  9. Equivalent Quantum Equations in a System Inspired by Bouncing Droplets Experiments.Christian Borghesi - 2017 - Foundations of Physics 47 (7):933-958.
    In this paper we study a classical and theoretical system which consists of an elastic medium carrying transverse waves and one point-like high elastic medium density, called concretion. We compute the equation of motion for the concretion as well as the wave equation of this system. Afterwards we always consider the case where the concretion is not the wave source any longer. Then the concretion obeys a general and covariant guidance formula, which leads in low-velocity approximation to an equivalent de (...)
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  10. Dutch Books and Nonclassical Probability Spaces.Leszek Wroński & Michał Tomasz Godziszewski - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 7 (2):267-284.
    We investigate how Dutch Book considerations can be conducted in the context of two classes of nonclassical probability spaces used in philosophy of physics. In particular we show that a recent proposal by B. Feintzeig to find so called “generalized probability spaces” which would not be susceptible to a Dutch Book and would not possess a classical extension is doomed to fail. Noting that the particular notion of a nonclassical probability space used by Feintzeig is not the most common employed (...)
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  11. Finite-Time Flocking Problem of a Cucker-Smale-Type Self-Propelled Particle Model.Yuchen Han, Donghua Zhao & Yongzheng Sun - 2016 - Complexity 21 (S1):354-361.
  12. Commentary on Mathias Frisch's Causal Reasoning in Physics.Ney Alyssa - manuscript
    This is a commentary on Mathias Frisch's book Causal Reasoning in Physics (Cambridge 2014). This commentary was presented at the 2016 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in a session sponsored by the Society for the Metaphysics of Science.
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  13. Physics and Fundamentality.Ney Alyssa - manuscript
    What justifies the allocation of funding to research in physics when many would argue research in the life and social sciences may have more immediate impact in transforming our world for the better? Many of the justifications for such spending depend on the claim that physics enjoys a kind of special status vis-a-vis the other sciences, that physics or at least some branches of physics exhibit a form of fundamentality. The goal of this paper is to articulate a conception of (...)
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  14. The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: The Discovery of the Higgs Boson.Allan Franklin - 2017 - Synthese 194 (2):259-274.
    The missing piece of the puzzle: the discovery of the Higgs boson On July 4, 2012 the CMS and ATLAS collaborations at the large hadron collider jointly announced the discovery of a new elementary particle, which resembled the Higgs boson, the last remaining undiscovered piece of the standard model of elementary particles. Both groups claimed to have observed a five-standard-deviation effect above background, the gold standard for discovery in high-energy physics. In this essay I will briefly discuss the how the (...)
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  15. Higgs Naturalness and the Scalar Boson Proliferation Instability Problem.James D. Wells - 2017 - Synthese 194 (2):477-490.
    Sensitivity to the square of the cutoff scale of quantum corrections of the Higgs boson mass self-energy has led many authors to conclude that the Higgs theory suffers from a naturalness or fine-tuning problem. However, speculative new physics ideas to solve this problem have not manifested themselves yet at high-energy colliders, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. For this reason, the role of naturalness as a guide to theory model-building is being severely questioned. Most attacks suggest that one (...)
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  16. Discussion. Comments on Laraudogoitia's 'Classical Particle Dynamics, Indeterminism and a Supertask'.J. Earman - 1998 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (1):123-133.
    We discuss two supertasks invented recently by Laraudogoitia [1996, 1997], Both involve an infinite number of particle collisions within a finite amount of time and both compromise determinism. We point out that the sources of the indeterminism are rather different in the two cases - one involves unbounded particle velocities, the other involves particles with no lower bound to their sizes - and consequently that the implications for determinism are rather different - one form of indeterminism affects Newtonian but not (...)
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  17. Curved Space-Times by Crystallization of Liquid Fiber Bundles.Frédéric Hélein & Dimitri Vey - 2017 - Foundations of Physics 47 (1):1-41.
    Motivated by the search for a Hamiltonian formulation of Einstein equations of gravity which depends in a minimal way on choices of coordinates, nor on a choice of gauge, we develop a multisymplectic formulation on the total space of the principal bundle of orthonormal frames on the 4-dimensional space-time. This leads quite naturally to a new theory which takes place on 10-dimensional manifolds. The fields are pairs of \,\varpi )\), where \\) is a 1-form with coefficients in the Lie algebra (...)
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  18. Confirmation Via Analogue Simulation: What Dumb Holes Could Tell Us About Gravity.Radin Dardashti, Karim P. Y. Thébault & Eric Winsberg - 2017 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 68 (1).
    In this article we argue for the existence of ‘analogue simulation’ as a novel form of scientific inference with the potential to be confirmatory. This notion is distinct from the modes of analogical reasoning detailed in the literature, and draws inspiration from fluid dynamical ‘dumb hole’ analogues to gravitational black holes. For that case, which is considered in detail, we defend the claim that the phenomena of gravitational Hawking radiation could be confirmed in the case that its counterpart is detected (...)
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  19. Problems in Physics Volume-1 for JEE (Main & Advanced).Point Career - 2016 - Kota: Career Point Publication.
    Problems in Physics for JEE (Main & Advanced) by Career Point - Volume 1 is collection of conceptual questions along with detailed solutions. These questions are thought provoking and covers application of various concepts in solving problems. Questions in this book are handpicked by experienced faculty members of Career Point to enhance the following skills of the students- -/- a) Understanding of concepts and their application to the grass root level -/- b) Improving their scoring ability & accuracy by providing (...)
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  20. A Study of the Determination of Grain Boundary Diffusivity and Energy Through the Thermally Grown Oxide Ridges on a Fe-22Cr Alloy Surface.Yu Lin, David E. Laughlin & Jingxi Zhu - forthcoming - Philosophical Magazine:1-14.
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  21. What is Ontic Structural Realism?Peter Mark Ainsworth - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (1):50-57.
  22. On Two Mathematical Definitions of Observational Equivalence: Manifest Isomorphism and Ε - Congruence Reconsidered.Christopher Belanger - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (2):69-76.
  23. How Weyl Stumbled Across Electricity While Pursuing Mathematical Justice.Alexander Afriat - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (1):20-25.
    It is argued that Weyl’s theory of gravitation and electricity came out of ‘mathematical justice’: out of the equal rights direction and length. Such mathematical justice was manifestly at work in the context of discovery, and is enough to derive all of source-free electromagnetism. Weyl’s repeated references to coordinates and gauge are taken to express equal treatment of direction and length.
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  24. The Emergence of Spacetime in Condensed Matter Approaches to Quantum Gravity.Jonathan Bain - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):338-345.
  25. Losing Energy in Classical, Relativistic and Quantum Mechanics.David Atkinson - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (1):170-180.
    A Zenonian supertask involving an infinite number of colliding balls is considered, under the restriction that the total mass of all the balls is finite. Classical mechanics leads to the conclusion that momentum, but not necessarily energy, must be conserved. Relativistic mechanics, on the other hand, implies that energy and momentum conservation are always violated. Quantum mechanics, however, seems to rule out the Zeno configuration as an inconsistent system.
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  26. Fundamentality, Effectiveness and Objectivity of Gauge Symmetries.Aldo Filomeno - 2016 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30 (1):19-37.
    UNOFFICIAL ABSTRACT It is not clear (to me at least) whether certain metaphysical questions really demand explanation. In this article I propose an argument for why fundamental laws of nature (of a form similar to those of the Standard Model) would welcome an explanation. The argument relies on Curie's first principle and on a feature of the current laws of particle physics. I also argue that this feature allows us to understand the ``unreasonable'' effectiveness of mathematics in physics (5.2) and (...)
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  27. The Transport Properties of Dirac Fermions in Chemical Vapour-Deposited Single-Layer Graphene.Engin Arslan, Şükrü Ardalı, Engin Tıraş, Semih Çakmakyapan & Ekmel Özbay - forthcoming - Philosophical Magazine:1-14.
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  28. An Interesting Fallacy Concerning Dynamical Supertasks.Jon Pérez Laraudogoitia - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (2):321-334.
  29. Mechanical Properties of in Situ Consolidated Nanocrystalline Multi-Phase Al–Pb–W Alloy Studied by Nanoindentation.Sreedevi Varam, Muvva D. Prasad, K. Bhanu Sankara Rao & Koteswararao V. Rajulapati - 2016 - Philosophical Magazine 96 (35):3671-3685.
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  30. Chapter Two: Philosophy as Physics.John Deely - 2001 - In Four Ages of Understanding: The First Postmodern Survey of Philosophy From Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. University of Toronto Press. pp. 15-41.
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  31. Galilean and Lorentz Transformations in a Space with Generalized Uncertainty Principle.V. M. Tkachuk - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (12):1666-1679.
    We consider a space with Generalized Uncertainty Principle which can be obtained in the frame of the deformed commutation relations. In the space with GUP we have found transformations relating coordinates and times of moving and rest frames of reference in the first order over the parameter of deformation. In the non-relativistic case we find the deformed Galilean transformation which is rotation in Euclidian space–time. This transformation is similar to the Lorentz one but written for Euclidean space–time where the speed (...)
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  32. Novel Principles and the Charge-Symmetric Design of Dirac’s Quantum Mechanics: I. Enhanced Eriksen’s Theorem and the Universal Charge-Index Formalism for Dirac’s Equation in External Static Fields.Yu V. Kononets - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (12):1598-1633.
    The presented enhanced version of Eriksen’s theorem defines an universal transform of the Foldy–Wouthuysen type and in any external static electromagnetic field reveals a discrete symmetry of Dirac’s equation, responsible for existence of a highly influential conserved quantum number—the charge index distinguishing two branches of DE spectrum. It launches the charge-index formalism obeying the charge-index conservation law. Via its unique ability to manipulate each spectrum branch independently, the CIF creates a perfect charge-symmetric architecture of Dirac’s quantum mechanics, which resolves all (...)
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  33. Getting Rid of the Ether: Could Physics Have Achieved It Sooner, with Better Assistance From Philosophy?Roberto Torretti - 2007 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 22 (3):353-374.
    Assuming, with Hasok Chang, that the history and philosophy of science can contribute to scientific knowledge, particularly when it is a matter of disposing of groundless or useless notions, I examine the case of the luminiferous ether, and seek to ascertain what factors may have kept it alive until 1905, when Einstein declared it superfluous.
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  34. Physics and Philosophy.José M. Sanchez-Ron - 1985 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 1 (2):439-459.
    In this paper I review the different opinions held by scientists and philosophers as regards the status of the action-at-a-distance concept within relativistic physics. It is shown that in spite of the fact that the prevailing opinion has been that special relativity precludes actions at a distance, some important physicists have continued employing that concept throughout the present century. The key to understand that “anomalous” behaviour lies, in fact, in the relationships existent between quantum and classical physics.
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  35. Some Trends in the Philosophy of Physics.Henrik Zinkernagel - 2011 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 26 (2):215-241.
    A short review of some recent developments in the philosophy of physics is presented. I focus on themes which illustrate relations and points of common interest between philosophy of physics and three of its ‘neighboring’ fields: Physics, metaphysics and general philosophy of science. The main examples discussed inthese three ‘border areas’ are decoherence and the interpretation of quantum mechanics; time in physics and metaphysics; and methodological issues surrounding the multiverse idea in modern cosmology.
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  36. New Perspectives in the Philosophy of Physics.Iulian D. Toader (ed.) - 2015 - Foundations of Physics.
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  37. Fundamental Pattern and Consciousness.Jerry Gin - 2016 - Cosmos and History 12 (2):99-113.
    In the new physics and in the new field of cosmometry, 1 it is the fundamental pattern that results in the motion from which all is created. Everything starts with the point of infinite potential. The tetrahedron at the point gives birth to the cuboctahedron ; its motion and structure result in the creation of the torus structure. The torus structure is self-referencing on a moment by moment basis since all must pass through the center. But isn't self-referencing the basis (...)
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  38. Physical Time and Thermal Clocks.Claudio Borghi - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (10):1374-1379.
    In this paper I discuss the concept of time in physics. I consider the thermal time hypothesis and I claim that thermal clocks and atomic clocks measure different physical times, whereby thermal time and relativistic time are not compatible with each other. This hypothesis opens the possibility of a new foundation of the theory of physical time, and new perspectives in theoretical and philosophical researches.
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  39. Hydrodynamics of the Physical Vacuum: II. Vorticity Dynamics.Valeriy I. Sbitnev - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (10):1238-1252.
    Physical vacuum is a special superfluid medium populated by enormous amount of virtual particle-antiparticle pairs. Its motion is described by the modified Navier–Stokes equation: the pressure gradient divided by the mass density is replaced by the gradient from the quantum potential; time-averaged the viscosity vanishes, but its variance is not zero. Vortex structures arising in this medium show infinitely long lifetime owing to zero average viscosity. The nonzero variance is conditioned by exchanging the vortex energy with zero-point vacuum fluctuations. The (...)
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  40. Philosophical Physics.William W. Hammerschmidt & Vincent Edward Smith - 1951 - Philosophical Review 60 (3):409.
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  41. A New Fate of a Warped 5D FLRW Model with a U Scalar Gauge Field.Reinoud Jan Slagter & Supriya Pan - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (9):1075-1089.
    If we live on the weak brane with zero effective cosmological constant in a warped 5D bulk spacetime, gravitational waves and brane fluctuations can be generated by a part of the 5D Weyl tensor and carries information of the gravitational field outside the brane. We consider on a cylindrical symmetric warped FLRW background a U self-gravitating scalar field coupled to a gauge field without bulk matter. It turns out that brane fluctuations can be formed dynamically, due to the modified energy–momentum (...)
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  42. The Formalism for Energy Changing Rate of an Accelerated Atom Coupled with Electromagnetic Vacuum Fluctuations.Anwei Zhang - 2016 - Foundations of Physics 46 (9):1199-1207.
    The structure of the rate of variation of the atomic energy for an arbitrary stationary motion of the atom in interaction with a quantum electromagnetic field is investigated. Our main purpose is to rewrite the formalism in Zhu et al. and to deduce the general expressions of the Einstein A coefficients of an atom on an arbitrary stationary trajectory. The total rate of change of the energy and Einstein coefficients of the atom near a plate with finite temperature or acceleration (...)
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  43. Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter From Greek Atoms to Quantum Fields.Jim Baggott - 2017 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Everything around us is made of 'stuff', from planets, to books, to our own bodies. Whatever it is, we call it matter or material substance. It is solid; it has mass. But what is matter, exactly? We are taught in school that matter is not continuous, but discrete. As a few of the philosophers of ancient Greece once speculated, nearly two and a half thousand years ago, matter comes in 'lumps', and science has relentlessly peeled away successive layers of matter (...)
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  44. Thermoelectric Properties of Stannite-Phase CuZn2AS4 Nanocrystals for Solar Energy Conversion Applications.Battal Gazi Yalcin - 2016 - Philosophical Magazine 96 (21):2280-2299.
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  45. A Revolution for Science and the Humanities.Nicholas Maxwell - 2005 - Dialogue and Universalism 15 (1-2):29-57.
    At present the basic intellectual aim of academic inquiry is to improve knowledge. Much of the structure, the whole character, of academic inquiry, in universities all over the world, is shaped by the adoption of this as the basic intellectual aim. But, judged from the standpoint of making a contribution to human welfare, academic inquiry of this type is damagingly irrational. Three of four of the most elementary rules of rational problem-solving are violated. A revolution in the aims and methods (...)
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  46. Some Remarks on Concepts in Theoretical Physics.Mutsuo M. Yanase - 1965 - Annals of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science 2 (5):280-283.
  47. Essay Review: Theories of Heat and the Rise of Physics: Joseph Fourier: The Man and the Physicist.Donald Cardwell - 1977 - History of Science 15 (2):138-145.
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  48. Ancestors of Physics.A. G. Molland - 1976 - History of Science 14 (1):54-75.
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  49. Essay Review: Action at a Distance: Forces and Fields.J. R. Ravetz - 1962 - History of Science 1 (1):78-82.
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  50. Phase Decomposition.John Castagna, Arnold Oyem, Oleg Portniaguine & Understanding Aikulola - 2016 - Interpretation: SEG 4 (3):SN1-SN10.
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