Event

Sep 17, 2018
Emergence and Reduction in Condensed Matter Physics

The topic of emergence and reduction is nowadays an important area of research in both physics and philosophy. The reason for this is related with recent developments in a number of successful research programs within physics. For example, the physical treatment of phase transitions and the phenomenon of symmetry breaking in condensed matter physics have encouraged us to rethink the relationship between complex entities and their parts as well as the relationship between different theories. In this presentation, I will examine different case studies from condensed matter physics addressing the following questions: To what extent should they be considered as instances of emergent behavior? Do they pose a challenge for reductionism, i.e. the idea that ultimately all macroscopic laws will be reduced to the fundamental laws of physics? How can they improve our understanding of the mutual relationship between different notions of reduction and emergence?

Organizer(s)
Address

Harnackstraße 5, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Room
Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room
Contact and Registration

No registration necessary; for further information please email Kseniia Mohelsky.

2018-09-17T14:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2018-09-17 14:00:00 2018-09-17 16:00:00 Emergence and Reduction in Condensed Matter Physics The topic of emergence and reduction is nowadays an important area of research in both physics and philosophy. The reason for this is related with recent developments in a number of successful research programs within physics. For example, the physical treatment of phase transitions and the phenomenon of symmetry breaking in condensed matter physics have encouraged us to rethink the relationship between complex entities and their parts as well as the relationship between different theories. In this presentation, I will examine different case studies from condensed matter physics addressing the following questions: To what extent should they be considered as instances of emergent behavior? Do they pose a challenge for reductionism, i.e. the idea that ultimately all macroscopic laws will be reduced to the fundamental laws of physics? How can they improve our understanding of the mutual relationship between different notions of reduction and emergence? MPIWG Alexander Blum admin@example.com Europe/Berlin public