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"Fundamental Physics": Molecular Dynamics vs. Hydrodynamics

Batterman, Robert (2005) "Fundamental Physics": Molecular Dynamics vs. Hydrodynamics. [Preprint]


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This paper concerns the scale related decoupling of the physics of breaking drops and considers the phenomenon from the point of view of both hydrodynamics and molecular dynamics at the nanolevel. It takes the shape of droplets at breakup to be an example of a genuinely emergent phenomenon---one whose explanation depends essentially on the phenomenological (non-fundamental) theory of Navier-Stokes. Certain conclusions about the nature of "fundamental" theory are drawn.

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Item Type: Preprint
Batterman, Robert
Keywords: emergence, intertheory relations, condensed matter physics, universality, Navier-Stokes, molecular dynamics, Nanoscale physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Robert Batterman
Date Deposited: 19 May 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 582

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