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Introduction

Xiao-Gang Wen

in Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199227259
eISBN:
9780191713019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227259.003.01
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

A quantitative change can lead to a qualitative change. The system with many degrees of freedom can demonstrate qualitatively new phenomena. This introductory chapter summarizes the principle of ... More


“Scientism”: Abusing the Scientific Method

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0017
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter warns against a bad form of “religion” that may be called Scientism. It shows that the abuse of the scientific method in context that are not addressable via experimental means leads to ... More


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