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The Diversity of Models in Statistical Mechanics: Views about the Structure of Scientific Theories

  • Anouk Barberousse
Part of the Trends in Logic book series (TREN, volume 17)

Abstract

My aim in this paper is to investigate both historically and philosophically some developments of statistical mechanics in order to gain insights into the nature of scientific theories. Picking out examples in the history as well as in contemporary issues, I shall analyze some of the fundamental problems facing statistical mechanics to work out general statements about what scientific theories are. Borrowing formalization methods from the physical sciences themselves as well as from philosophy, I shall attempt at showing that intertheoretical links are as essential tn a scientific theory as is its internal hierarchical structure.

Keywords

Statistical Mechanic Boltzmann Equation Scientific Theory Microscopic Scale Macroscopic Variable 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anouk Barberousse
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  1. 1.Équipe REHSEIS (Recherches Epistémologiques et Historiques sur les Sciences Exactes et les Institutions Scientifiques)Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueParis CedexFrance

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