Hydrodynamics versus molecular dynamics: Intertheory relations in condensed matter physics

Philosophy of Science 73 (5):888-904 (2006)
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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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