>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > Wally W. <email@example.com> wrote: > >> If radioactive decay is random, how are we able to govern the rate of >> decay in a reactor? >> >> We are not similarly able to affect the outcome when flipping 1000 >> coins simultaneously and nondeterministically. > >I dare say we could affect the outcome of those coin flippings >statistically, changing the ratio of head to tails a bit for instance, >by suitably controlling the flipping mechanism.
A graph of the number of heads vs. the flipping impulse might be cyclic or unchanged as the impulse increases.
A graph of fission rate vs. neutron flux would increase monotonically as the flux increases.
The radioactive decay of many atoms seems to be more determinable than the flips of many coins.