Theories of Matter: Infinities and Renormalization

@article{Kadanoff2010TheoriesOM,
  title={Theories of Matter: Infinities and Renormalization},
  author={Leo P. Kadanoff},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2010}
}
  • L. Kadanoff
  • Published 16 February 2010
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
This paper looks at the theory underlying the science of materials from the perspectives of physics, the history of science, and the philosophy of science. We are particularly concerned with the development of understanding of the thermodynamic phases of matter. The question is how can matter, ordinary matter, support a diversity of forms. We see this diversity each time we observe ice in contact with liquid water or see water vapor (steam) rise from a pot of heated water. The nature of the… 

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