Emergence, Singularities, and Symmetry Breaking

Foundations of Physics 41 (6):1031-1050 (2011)
Abstract
This paper looks at emergence in physical theories and argues that an appropriate way to understand socalled “emergent protectorates” is via the explanatory apparatus of the renormalization group. It is argued that mathematical singularities play a crucial role in our understanding of at least some well-defined emergent features of the world
Keywords Emergence  Critical phenomena  Renormalization group  Quantum field theory  Singularities  Explanation
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N. P. Landsman (2013). Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Systems: Emergence or Reduction? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (4):379-394.
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