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The Continuous and the DiscreteAncient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective$
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Michael J. White

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239529.001.0001

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The Quantum Model: Spatial Magnitude

The Quantum Model: Spatial Magnitude

(p.193) 5 The Quantum Model: Spatial Magnitude
The Continuous and the Discrete

Michael J. White

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the quantum model of spatial magnitude. There are two forms of the doctrine that spatial magnitude is constituted of quanta. According to the weaker form, it is a physical fact that corporeal objects are composed of indivisible quanta. The stronger version of quantum theory holds that spatial quanta are units that are indivisible form a geometrical/topological perspective, and not just from a ‘merely physical one’. The first section examines several atomist arguments for the constitution of physical magnitudes from quanta or partes minimae. The second section looks at the relationship of geometry to the quantum model.

Keywords:   quanta, geometry, quantum model, spatial magnitude, quantum theory

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