Emergence, Singularities, and Symmetry Breaking

Publication Year:
2009
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4934
Author(s):
Batterman, Robert
preprint description
This paper looks at emergence in physical theories and argues that an appropriate way to understand so-called ``emergent protectorates'' is via the explanatory apparatus of the renormalization group. It is argued that mathematical singularities play a crucial role in our understanding of at least some well-defined emergent features of the world.