The Devil in the Details : Asymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence: Asymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence

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Oxford University Press, USA, Oct 31, 2001 - Science - 160 pages
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Robert Batterman examines a form of scientific reasoning called asymptotic reasoning, arguing that it has important consequences for our understanding of the scientific process as a whole. He maintains that asymptotic reasoning is essential for explaining what physicists call universal behavior. With clarity and rigor, he simplifies complex questions about universal behavior, demonstrating a profound understanding of the underlying structures that ground them. This book introduces a valuable new method that is certain to fill explanatory gaps across disciplines.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Asymptotic Reasoning
9
Philosophical Theories of Explanation
23
Asymptotic Explanation
37
Philosophical Models of Reduction
61
Intertheoretic RelationsOptics
77
Intertheoretic RelationsMechanics
99
Emergence
113
Conclusions
131
Bibliography
137
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