Strong Emergence in Condensed Matter Physics

  title={Strong Emergence in Condensed Matter Physics},
  author={Barbara Drossel},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • B. Drossel
  • Published 28 August 2019
  • Physics, Philosophy
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
This chapter argues that the physics of condensed matter, such as crystals, superconductors, magnets, liquids, cannot be fully reduced to the supposedly fundamental quantum mechanical theory for all the atoms of which the system consists. The author holds the view that there are in fact many reasons to reject the idea that the world of physics is causally closed with everything being determined bottom-up by fundamental microscopic laws. A considerable part of the chapter is devoted to showing… 

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  • Physics
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