Individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear to have exactly the same probability of combining into any one...


Individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear to have exactly the same probability of combining into any one of their many billions of possible arrangements.



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  • > In physics, a “system” is anything that involves discrete particles operating as part of a wider network. Although bigger in scale, the way in which icebergs function as part of an ice floe, or the way that individual vehicles move within a flow of traffic (and indeed sometimes jam), can be studied using a similar theoretical basis.

    I’ve always wondered in what contexts these systems are studied for evidence of anomalous behavior, which could be indicative of a perturbation to the systems from any number of causes. Makes me wonder about neurological applications as well.

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