In article <email@example.com>, Herman Rubin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 2012-12-15, Michael Press <email@example.com> wrote: > > In article <OjcVDZPLshyQFw5g@invalid.uk.co.demon.merlyn.invalid>, > > Dr J R Stockton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > >> In sci.math message <rubrum-471E53.email@example.com>, > >> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:46:23, Michael Press <firstname.lastname@example.org> posted: > > > >> >I do not see how quantum effects can be used to generate > >> >random sequences. > > >> Radioactive decay is due to quantum effects, and there is a fixed > >> probability for each atom to decay in the next time interval. > > > From what does the unpredictability of radioactive decay arise? > > From the assumption that the atoms decay in a random manner. This > gives unpredictability. The other quantum assumptions say that > the decays of the various atoms are independent, and that the > decay is at an exponential rate. > > The msin assumption in this is that the probability that an > atom which has not decayed by time T will still have a probability > of decay between T and U which is independent of anything which has > happened before time T, and only depends on U-T.
I am asking for the basis of the unpredictability in physical theory. Assuming it is random is to beg the question.
I hold that the wave theory of matter does not predict random occurrences.