Collision, mother of everything

All the considerations we have made up to now

comprise as their base such simple
collisions of particles, atoms or molecules.

If we used a great magnification or amplification

we would find that our question  whether
the Natural Law strictly defines the fate
of the universe

is reduced to the simple question

whether the output of an elementary collision
can be predetermined with absolute accuracy.

That is all.
As simple as that.
What happens during the collision of two
particles also happens in the whole Cosmos.

Πλαίσιο κειμένου: If the outcome of the elementary collision can be exactly predetermined then the whole universe was predetermined from the moment of the Big Bang.

In the second half of the 19th century

the kinetic theory of gases was developed
which is today generally accepted
because its results agree with our
experimental observations.

Πλαίσιο κειμένου: On the basis of this theory are found the 
collisions of gas molecules (and also of liquids 
and solids ones) between each other and 
against the walls of the container they are in.

These considerations were based on the assumption

that the molecules are something like little
"hard balls" and that when they collide, they follow
just the same laws of mechanics as the billiard balls
when they hit each other or the sides of the table.

The question whether the trajectory

of each particle  after the collision could
be strictly defined was not raised.

Anyway It was of no interest.

The theory describes correctly
the behaviour of the gas.

The fate of each molecule was completely irrelevant.

(as such assumptions are usually made tacitly )
one could assume that there was no reason to put into
question the absolute validity of the laws of mechanics.

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