On Norton’s dome

Synthese 190 (14):2925-2941 (2013)

Abstract

Norton’s very simple case of indeterminism in classical mechanics has given rise to a literature critical of his result. I am interested here in posing a new objection different from the ones made to date. The first section of the paper expounds the essence of Norton’s model and my criticism of it. I then propose a specific modification in the absence of gravitational interaction. The final section takes into consideration a surprising consequence for classical mechanics from the new model introduced here

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Jon Perez Laraudogoitia
University of the Basque Country

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