PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Emergence, Autonomy, Multiscale Modeling

Many systems that are complex and heterogeneous at small (atomic) scales exhibit patterns of
behavior at larger (continuum) scales that appear to be universal. In other words, systems that
di er in their lower-scale makeup exhibit the same upper-scale patterns. I examine some of the
methods by which we can understand this kind of universality (renormalization group theory and

Author Information:

Robert Batterman    
University of Pittsburgh


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