Hydrodynamics versus molecular dynamics: Intertheory relations in condensed matter physics

Philosophy of Science 73 (5):888-904 (2006)
This paper considers the relationship between continuum hydrodynamics and discrete molecular dynamics in the context of explaining the behavior of breaking droplets. It is argued that the idealization of a fluid as a continuum is actually essential for a full explanation of the drop breaking phenomenon and that, therefore, the less "fundamental," emergent hydrodynamical theory plays an ineliminable role in our understanding
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Robert Batterman (2005). Critical Phenomena and Breaking Drops: Infinite Idealizations in Physics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 36 (2):225-244.
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Michael Tamir (2012). Proving the Principle: Taking Geodesic Dynamics Too Seriously in Einstein's Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (2):137-154.

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