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The devil in the details : asymptotic reasoning in explanation, reduction, and emergence

Author: Robert W Baterman
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Series: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
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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 universalbehavior. With clarity and rigor, he simplifies complex questions about universal behavior, demonstrating a profound understanding of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Baterman
ISBN: 0195146476 9780195146479
OCLC Number: 57364826
Description: 1 online resource (160 pages).
Contents: Asymptotic reasoning --
Philosophical theories of explanation --
Asymptotic explanation --
Philosophical models of reduction --
Intertheoretic relations-optics --
Intertheoretic relations-mechanics --
Emergence
Series Title: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Responsibility: Robert W. Batterman.

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Batterman examines a form of scientific reasoning called asymptotic reasoning, which he argues has important consequences for our understanding of the scientific process as a whole. He simplifies  Read more...

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