On 5/10/2013 2:39 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
No they are not exactly alike. A tiny change in a cuckoo clock causes a tiny
>change in the clock's performance, but a tiny change in the roulette wheel
>causes a HUGE change in the wheel's performance,
True, but chaotic systems are still explainable in terms of forces and
interactions, like any other Newtonian mechanism. There is no
fundamental randomness needed to explain why you can't predict the
outcome.


But there aren't any Newtonian mechanisms. A roulette wheel is a quantum mechanical device just like any other, except it's sensitivity means that microscopic quantum randomness can be amplified to different macroscopic results.

Brent

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