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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


Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

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:
10.1093/0195146476.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses limiting correspondence relations between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics. The semiclassical limit is singular and no reductive relation obtains between these two ... More


Introduction

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:
10.1093/0195146476.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter introduces a number of key concepts that are important throughout the book. It offers an informal discussion of the nature of universality; an important, related, distinction between ... More


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