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Topic: Simple random number generator?
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Wally W.

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Re: Simple random number generator?
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:33 AM
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On Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:43:41 +0000, Dr J R Stockton wrote:

>In sci.math message <>,
>Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:43:20, Michael Press <> posted:

>>> 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.

>Little can be done about ignorance of such profundity. You reject the
>mainstream physics of the last 85 years or thereabouts.

It seems like a reasonable question to me.

The completeness with which we understand small-scale physics doesn't
affect whether something deterministic is happening under the hood.

If radioactive decay is random, why should an isotope have a knowable
half-life? Why wouldn't the half-life also be random, or more variable
than it seems to be?

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