The Frontiers Collection

Why More Is Different

Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems

Editors: Falkenburg, Brigitte, Morrison, Margaret (Eds.)

  • A unique look at the surprisingly many philosophical questions pertinent to condensed matter physics
  • Tackles the key issues of reduction, emergence and reversibility as they relate to various condensed matter phenomena
  • Written by experts from both physics and philosophy
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About this book

The physics of condensed matter, in contrast to quantum physics or cosmology, is not traditionally associated with deep philosophical questions. However, as science - largely thanks to more powerful computers - becomes capable of analysing and modelling ever more complex many-body systems, basic questions of philosophical relevance arise. Questions about the emergence of structure, the nature of cooperative behaviour, the implications of the second law, the quantum-classical transition and many other issues. This book is a collection of essays by leading physicists and philosophers. Each investigates one or more of these issues, making use of examples from modern condensed matter research. Physicists and philosophers alike will find surprising and stimulating ideas in these pages.

About the authors

Prof. Brigitte Falkenburg
TU Dortmund, Germany

Prof. Margaret Morrison
University of Toronto, Canada.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Falkenburg, Brigitte (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • On the Success and Limitations of Reductionism in Physics

    Meyer-Ortmanns, Hildegard

    Pages 13-39

  • On the Relation Between the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Classical and Quantum Mechanics

    Drossel, Barbara

    Pages 41-54

  • Dissipation in Quantum Mechanical Systems: Where Is the System and Where Is the Reservoir?

    Ankerhold, Joachim

    Pages 55-67

  • Explanation Via Micro-reduction: On the Role of Scale Separation for Quantitative Modelling

    Hillerbrand, Rafaela

    Pages 69-87

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-43910-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
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  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-52309-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why More Is Different
Book Subtitle
Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems
Editors
  • Brigitte Falkenburg
  • Margaret Morrison
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-43911-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-43911-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-43910-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-52309-4
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 280
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations
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