Robert Batterman

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Robert Batterman is professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the author of The Devil in the Details: Asymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence (Oxford, 2002). His work in philosophy of physics focuses primarily on the area of condensed matter (broadly construed), with special attention to the role of mathematics in the formation and application of physical theories. His research interests include the foundations of statistical physics, dynamical systems and chaos, asymptotic reasoning, mathematical idealizations, the philosophy of applied mathematics, explanation, reduction, and emergence.