The Devil in the Details

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 24 line illustrations
  • 0195314883
  • 9780195314885
  • 942,273

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Asymptotic Reasoning ; 3. Philosophical Theories of Explanation ; 4. Asymptotic Explanation ; 5. Philosophical Models of Reduction ; 6. Intertheoretic Relations - Optics ; 7. Intertheoretic Relations - Mechanics ; 8. Emergence ; 9. Conclusion ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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