In article <email@example.com>, Bob <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hello, > > Have always been bothered by this. > Would appreciate it if someone could explain it for me. > > I know that what I am defining as the experiment is not practical in the > "real world," but let me define the following anyway, as the conditions: > > I have a few thousand "discs" > They are absolutely identical, down to the atomic level. > Each side has a thin coating of something; one side red, one side blue. > > The coatings are also identical; same thickness, absorbency, etc. > > So the resultant coins are absolutely identical. > In every way. > > I now have a mechanical gadget that flips each one, again identically. > Same velocity, momentum, etc., etc. imparted. > Absolutely identical flipping motion imparted for each one. > > There are no outside influences, other than gravity. > No air currents, solar wind or pressure, etc. > Nothing. > > Will I see the typical 50 % - 50 % split ? > (For this case by colors,rather than heads/tails)
Not necessarily, as quantum effects in otherwise identical experiments are known to produce differing results. > > Why ?
Quantum effects! > > e.g., must there be "some" incremental outside influence, or...? > Only if you regard quantum effects as being outside effects.
> Thanks, > Bob -- Virgil "Mit der Dummheit kampfen Gotter selbst vergebens." (Schiller)