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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: Time and Locomotion

The Quantum Model: Time and Locomotion

(p.252) 6 The Quantum Model: Time and Locomotion
The Continuous and the Discrete

Michael J. White

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses quantum conceptions of motion from a kinematic perspective. The examination of quantum-motion begins in the first section by considering Aristotle's view on the relations between kinds of quantum. The second section explores the cinematographic conception of motion. According to this model, an object occupies a fixed position for some lapse or duration of time; but at the posterior limit of such an interval, it finds itself displaced by a minimal unit of distance in the direction of its motion. The third section considers the Epicurean quantum-motion at micro-level. The fourth section explores the Epicurean conception of speed at micro-level and macro-level.

Keywords:   quantum, cinematographic motion, Epicurean quantum-motion, Aristotle, isomorphism, Cronus

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