The Resource Physical (A)Causality : Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events, by Karl Svozil, (electronic resource)

Physical (A)Causality : Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events, by Karl Svozil, (electronic resource)

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Physical (A)Causality : Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events
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Physical (A)Causality
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Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events
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by Karl Svozil
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eng
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book addresses the physical phenomenon of events that seem to occur spontaneously and without any known cause. These are to be contrasted with events that happen in a (pre-)determined, predictable, lawful, and causal way. All our knowledge is based on self-reflexive theorizing, as well as on operational means of empirical perception. Some of the questions that arise are the following: are these limitations reflected by our models? Under what circumstances does chance kick in? Is chance in physics merely epistemic? In other words, do we simply not know enough, or use too crude levels of description for our predictions? Or are certain events "truly", that is, irreducibly, random? The book tries to answer some of these questions by introducing intrinsic, embedded observers and provable unknowns; that is, observables and procedures which are certified (relative to the assumptions) to be unknowable or undoable. A (somewhat iconoclastic) review of quantum mechanics is presented which is inspired by quantum logic. Postulated quantum (un-)knowables are reviewed. More exotic unknowns originate in the assumption of classical continua, and in finite automata and generalized urn models, which mimic complementarity and yet maintain value definiteness. Traditional conceptions of free will, miracles and dualistic interfaces are based on gaps in an otherwise deterministic universe.
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Svozil, Karl
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  • QC6.9
  • QC5.53
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non fiction
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Fundamental Theories of Physics,
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192
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  • Physics
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Philosophy and science
  • Probabilities
  • Physics
  • History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
  • Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
  • Epistemology
  • Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
  • Philosophy of Science
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Physical (A)Causality : Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events, by Karl Svozil, (electronic resource)
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Part I Embedded observers, reflexive perception and representation: Intrinsic and extrinsic observation mode -- Embedded observers and self-expression -- Reflexive measurement -- Intrinsic self-representation -- Part II Provable unknowns: On what is entirely hopeless -- Forecasting and unpredictability -- Induction by rule inference -- Other types of recursion theoretic unknowables -- What if there are no laws? Emergence of laws -- Part III Quantum unknowns: "Shut up and calculate" -- Evolution by permutation -- Quantum mechanics in a nutshell -- Quantum oracles -- Vacuum fluctuations -- Radioactive decay -- Part IV Exotic unknowns: Classical continua and infinities -- Classical (in)determinism -- Deterministic chaos -- Partition logics, finite automata and generalized urn models -- Part V Transcendence: Miracles -- Dualistic interfaces -- Part VI Executive summary: Executive summary -- Appendix A: Formal (in)computability and randomness -- B: Two particle correlations and expectations
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XIV, 219 p. 32 illus., 24 illus. in color.
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Open Access
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9783319708157
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10.1007/978-3-319-70815-7
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-70815-7
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Physical (A)Causality : Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events, by Karl Svozil, (electronic resource)
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mixed
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I Embedded observers, reflexive perception and representation: Intrinsic and extrinsic observation mode -- Embedded observers and self-expression -- Reflexive measurement -- Intrinsic self-representation -- Part II Provable unknowns: On what is entirely hopeless -- Forecasting and unpredictability -- Induction by rule inference -- Other types of recursion theoretic unknowables -- What if there are no laws? Emergence of laws -- Part III Quantum unknowns: "Shut up and calculate" -- Evolution by permutation -- Quantum mechanics in a nutshell -- Quantum oracles -- Vacuum fluctuations -- Radioactive decay -- Part IV Exotic unknowns: Classical continua and infinities -- Classical (in)determinism -- Deterministic chaos -- Partition logics, finite automata and generalized urn models -- Part V Transcendence: Miracles -- Dualistic interfaces -- Part VI Executive summary: Executive summary -- Appendix A: Formal (in)computability and randomness -- B: Two particle correlations and expectations
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unknown
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XIV, 219 p. 32 illus., 24 illus. in color.
File format
multiple file formats
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electronic
Governing access note
Open Access
Isbn
9783319708157
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uncompressed
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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10.1007/978-3-319-70815-7
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online resource.
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absent
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access
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remote
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-70815-7

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