Temporal asymmetry in classical mechanics

This paper argues against a standard view that all deterministic and conservative classical mechanical systems are time-reversible, by asking how the temporal evolution of a system modulates parametric imprecision (either ontological or epistemic). It notes that well-behaved systems (e.g. inertial motion) can possess a dynamics which is unstable enough to fail at reversing uncertainties—even though exact values are reliably reversed. A limited (but significant) source of irreversibility is thus displayed in classical mechanics, closely analogous the lack of predictability revealed by unstable chaotic systems.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/46.2.219
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,106
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
What Counts as a Newtonian System? The View From Norton's Dome.Samuel C. Fletcher - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):275-297.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

58 ( #90,888 of 2,171,798 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #326,702 of 2,171,798 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums