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Norton’s Slippery Slope
David B. Malament
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 75, No. 5, Proceedings of the 2006 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science AssociationPart II: Symposia PapersEdited by Cristina Bicchieri and Jason Alexander (December 2008), pp. 799-816
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/594525
Page Count: 18
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Newtonianism, Particle motion, Velocity, Trajectories, Particle trajectories, Particle mass, Boundary points, Kinetics, Particle acceleration, Equations of motion
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In this article, I identify several issues that arise in trying to decide whether Newtonian particle mechanics qualifies as a deterministic theory. I also give a minitutorial on the geometry and dynamical properties of Norton’s dome surface. The goal is to better understand how his example works and also to better appreciate just how wonderfully strange it is.
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