Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

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

 Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

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This chapter discusses limiting correspondence relations between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics. The semiclassical limit is singular and no reductive relation obtains between these two theories. It is argued that the fundamental theory (quantum mechanics) is explanatorily deficient in that it cannot fully account for aspects of the asymptotic borderland between classical and quantum mechanics.

Keywords: chaos; classical mechanics; quantum mechanics; singular limits; WKB Method

Chapter.  5087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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