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The Relativity of Indeterminacy

Published inEntropy, vol. 23, no. 10, 1326
Publication date2021-10-11
First online date2021-10-11
Abstract

A long-standing tradition, largely present in both the physical and the philosophical literature, regards the advent of (special) relativity—with its block-universe picture—as the failure of any indeterministic program in physics. On the contrary, in this paper, we note that upholding reasonable principles of finiteness of information hints at a picture of the physical world that should be both relativistic and indeterministic. We thus rebut the block-universe picture by assuming that fundamental indeterminacy itself should also be regarded as a relative property when considered in a relativistic scenario. We discuss the consequence that this view may have when correlated randomness is introduced, both in the classical case and in the quantum one.

Keywords
  • Finite information
  • Fundamental indeterminism
  • Special relativity
Funding
  • NCCR - [SwissMap]
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences - [DOC Fellowship]
Citation (ISO format)
DEL SANTO, Flavio, GISIN, Nicolas. The Relativity of Indeterminacy. In: Entropy, 2021, vol. 23, n° 10, p. 1326. doi: 10.3390/e23101326
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ISSN of the journal1099-4300
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