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Intertheoretic Relations—Optics

Robert W. Batterman

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146479
eISBN:
9780199833078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146476.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses limiting correspondence relations between the wave theory of light and the ray theory of light. The limit is singular and there is no reductive relation between the theories. ... More


Ray Optics: The Classical Rainbow

John A. Adam

in Rays, Waves, and Scattering: Topics in Classical Mathematical Physics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691148373
eISBN:
9781400885404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148373.003.0004
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

This chapter focuses on the ray optics of the rainbow. Some of the most powerful tools of mathematical physics were developed explicitly to address the problem of the rainbow and closely related ... More


About Computational Seismology

Heiner Igel

in Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198717409
eISBN:
9780191835070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717409.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

The need for numerical approximations of the seismic wave-propaga-tion problem in the field of seismology is motivated by the fact that we have to deal with complex 3D structures. The term ... More


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