Demarest & Albert Notes

Demarest & Albert Notes - Philosophy of Physics...

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Philosophy of Physics Readings 8 (Demarest) and 9 (Albert) February 9, 2012 Chance - Nothing is impossible but certain things are unlikely - Even with Newtonian laws considered, this only determines that certain things (i.e. microscopic regularities) are still implausible but there is no reason to believe that certain physics are impossible Demarest - Microstates and Classical Mechanics o Coffee Example Jack predicts that the coffee and cream would reach a temperature equilibrium and mix evenly (correct) Kate predicts the coffee and cream would separate and a disparity will be found between the two (incorrect) WHY? o Jack and Kate don’t really know the velocities of the cream/coffee particles o Even if they did, they wouldn’t know the macroscopic regularities Macrostates is usually what human beings are more aware of (not microstates) - Macrostates supervene on Microstates o Macrostate can’t change without changing in the microstate o The velocity of the particles in general can be calculated but not a
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course PHILOSOPHY 375 taught by Professor Heatherdemarest during the Spring '12 term at Rutgers.

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