9780195314885

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

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    9780195314885

  • ISBN10:

    0195314883

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Asymptotic Reasoning
Philosophical Theories of Explanation
Asymptotic Explanation
Philosophical Models of Reduction
Intertheoretic Relations - Optics
Intertheoretic Relations - Mechanics
Emergence
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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