Asymptotic Reasoning

Robert W. Batterman

in The Devil in the Details

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195146479
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833078 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Asymptotic Reasoning

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This chapter introduces asymptotic reasoning through the consideration of several examples, including the universal behavior of buckling struts and swinging pendula. It demonstrates the importance of asymptotic methods for the understanding of such universal behavior as well as their importance for understanding various types of relations between scientific theories.

Keywords: dimensional analysis; emergence; intertheoretic relations; understanding; universality

Chapter.  6473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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