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Emergence, Singularities, and Symmetry Breaking

Batterman, Robert (2009) Emergence, Singularities, and Symmetry Breaking. [Preprint]


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This paper looks at emergence in physical theories and argues that an appropriate way to understand so-called ``emergent protectorates'' is via the explanatory apparatus of the renormalization group. It is argued that mathematical singularities play a crucial role in our understanding of at least some well-defined emergent features of the world.

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Item Type: Preprint
Batterman, Robert
Keywords: Emergence, Symmetry Breaking, Renormalization Group, Condensed Matter, Explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Robert Batterman
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4934

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