Why More Is Different

Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems

  • Brigitte Falkenburg
  • Margaret Morrison

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Brigitte Falkenburg, Margaret Morrison
    Pages 1-10
  3. Reduction

  4. Emergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Margaret Morrison
      Pages 91-114
    3. Robert Batterman
      Pages 115-135
  5. Parts and Wholes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Andreas Hüttemann, Reimer Kühn, Orestis Terzidis
      Pages 169-200
    3. Brigitte Falkenburg
      Pages 227-250
    4. Meinard Kuhlmann
      Pages 251-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


The physics of condensed matter, in contrast to quantum physics or cosmology, is not traditionally associated with deep philosophical questions. However, as science - largely thanks to more powerful computers - becomes capable of analysing and modelling ever more complex many-body systems, basic questions of philosophical relevance arise. Questions about the emergence of structure, the nature of cooperative behaviour, the implications of the second law,  the quantum-classical transition and many other issues. This book is a collection of essays by leading physicists and philosophers. Each investigates one or more of these issues, making use of examples from modern condensed matter research.  Physicists and philosophers alike will find surprising and stimulating ideas in these pages.


Complexity in Condensed Matter Construction of Many Body Models Microreductionist Descriptions Multi-scale Models Ontological Aspects of Emergence Reality of Quasi-Particles Reduction and Emergence in Condensed Matter Scale Separation

Editors and affiliations

  • Brigitte Falkenburg
    • 1
  • Margaret Morrison
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Human Sciences and TheologyTU DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Trinity CollegeUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-43910-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-43911-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6619
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