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Emergence and reduction combined in infinite systems

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Emergence and reduction can be compatible, despite the widespread “ideology” that they contradict each other. I will develop this viewpoint for one major example from physics: phase transitions in statistical mechanics. The reconciliation of emergence and reduction turns on subtle uses of infinite limits, which I will discuss.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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