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

Synthese 124 (2):281-293 (2000)
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Supertasks recently discussed in the literature purport to display a failure ofenergy conservation and determinism in Newtonian mechanics. We debatewhether these supertasks are admissible as Newtonian systems, with Earmanand Norton defending the affirmative and Alper and Bridger the negative.



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John Earman
University of Pittsburgh
John D. Norton
University of Pittsburgh

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Infinite Pains: The Trouble with Supertasks.John Earman & John Norton - 1996 - In Adam Morton & Stephen P. Stich (eds.), Benacerraf and His Critics. Blackwell. pp. 11--271.
A Quantum Mechanical Supertask.John D. Norton - 1999 - Foundations of Physics 29 (8):1265-1302.

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