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Barry M McCoy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556632.001.0001

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Reductionism versus complexity

Reductionism versus complexity

(p.613) 16 Reductionism versus complexity
Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Barry M. McCoy

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents philosophic discussion of the difference between reductionism and complexity, which focuses on the dependence of phenomena on past history, on the size of the system, and on the very curious question of why intuition is derived that is applied to real systems from very specialized models that have strong and unrealistic symmetry properties.

Keywords:   history, size, symmetry properties, reductionism

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