Norton's Slippery Slope

Publication Year:
2007
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3195
Author(s):
Malament, David
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conference paper description
In my contribution to the Symposium ("On the Vagaries of Determinism and Indeterminism"), I will identify several issues that arise in trying to decide whether Newtonian particle mechanics qualifies as a deterministic theory. I'll also give a mini-tutorial on the geometry and dynamical properties of Norton's dome surface. The goal is to better understand how his example works, and better appreciate just how wonderfully strange it is.