PhilSci Archive

Worldly Imprecision

Miller, Michael (2020) Worldly Imprecision. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
Text
worldly_imprecision.pdf

Download (238kB) | Preview

Abstract

Physical theories often characterize their observables with real number precision. Many non-fundamental theories do so needlessly: they are more precise than they need to be to capture the physical matters of fact about their observables. A natural expectation is that a truly fundamental theory will require its full precision in order to exhaustively capture all of the fundamental physical matters of fact. I argue against this expectation and I show that we do not have good reason to expect that the standard of precision set by successful theories, or even by a truly fundamental theory, will match the granularity of the physical facts.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Miller, Michaelmichael.earl.miller@gmail.com0000-0003-1144-9711
Keywords: classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, quantities, empirical success, fundamentality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Mr. Michael E. Miller
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 01:34
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 01:34
Item ID: 17276
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 3 June 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17276

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item