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Emergence, Singularities, and Symmetry Breaking

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

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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:18
    Item ID: 4934
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4934

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