## The Devil in the Details: Asymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and EmergenceRobert 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 |

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