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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, phenomena and models

Reductionism, phenomena and models

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(p.22) 2 Reductionism, phenomena and models
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Advanced Statistical Mechanics
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Barry M. McCoy

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556632.003.0002

This chapter explains the philosophy of reductionism and contrasts it with the philosophy used to study realistic complex systems. It presents examples of phase diagrams and magnetic phase transitions for real materials. The simplified models, both in the continuum and on the lattice, which will be used to describe these real physical phenomena are given in detail.

Keywords:   reductionism, phase transitions, realistic complex systems, phase diagrams, lattice

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