
Re: Simple random number generator?
Posted:
Dec 16, 2012 6:43 PM


In article <slrnkcsl5f.3ro.hrubin@skew.stat.purdue.edu>, Herman Rubin <hrubin@skew.stat.purdue.edu> wrote:
> On 20121215, Michael Press <rubrum@pacbell.net> wrote: > > In article <OjcVDZPLshyQFw5g@invalid.uk.co.demon.merlyn.invalid>, > > Dr J R Stockton <reply1250@merlyn.demon.co.uk.invalid> wrote: > > >> In sci.math message <rubrum471E53.18462311122012@news.albasani.net>, > >> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:46:23, Michael Press <rubrum@pacbell.net> 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 UT.
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.
 Michael Press

