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EmergenceA Philosophical Account$
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Paul Humphreys

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190620325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620325.001.0001

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Scientific Topics Related to Emergence

Scientific Topics Related to Emergence

(p.249) 7 Scientific Topics Related to Emergence

Paul Humphreys

Oxford University Press

A detailed exposition of ferromagnetism as an example of emergence is provided and the diachronic aspects of phase transitions are noted. It is explained in what sense ferromagnetism counts as an emergent phenomenon. The relations between idealized models and real phenomena are examined. Definitions of nonlinear systems are examined, and the connection to emergence is provided. The relation between complex systems and emergence is discussed. Some basic features of dynamical systems are described, and the connection of such systems with emergence is analyzed.

Keywords:   ferromagnetism, phase transition, long-range correlations, linearity, nonlinearity, complex systems, integrable system

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