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

Hardcover | December 15, 2001

byRobert W. Batterman

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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 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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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 com...

Robert W. Batterman is at Ohio State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195146476

ISBN - 13:9780195146479

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Asymptotic Reasoning3. Philosophical Theories of Explanation4. Asymptotic Explanation5. Philosophical Models of Reduction6. Intertheoretic Relations - Optics7. Intertheoretic Relations - Mechanics8. Emergence9. ConclusionBibliographyIndex