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The Aharonov approach to equilibrium

Dizadji-Bahmani, Foad (2011) The Aharonov approach to equilibrium. Philosophy of Science, 78 (5). pp. 976-988. ISSN 0031-8248

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Identification Number: 10.1086/662282


Using the 'Aharonov approach', Linden and colleagues purportedly prove that reaching equilibrium is a universal property of quantum systems. Such a proof would constitute a very significant result in the foundations of statistical mechanics. I argue that, as it stands, this proof is not sound. However, based on the their theorems, I construct an argument for the conclusion that an arbitrary small subsystem of a large quantum system typically tends toward and remains in, or close to, equilibrium. This is the central result of the article. In the final part of the article, I defend the Aharonov approach against anti-interventionist criticisms

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Additional Information: © 2011 by the Philosophy of Science Association
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 12:02
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:19

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