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The Devil in the DetailsAsymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence$
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Robert W. Batterman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195146476.001.0001

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Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

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(p.99) 7 Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics
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The Devil in the Details
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Robert W. Batterman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195146476.003.0007

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

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