Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe

2014.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mariam Thalos, Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe, Oxford University Press, 2013, 278pp., $69.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mariam Thalos, Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe, Oxford University Press, 2013, 278pp., $69.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199917648. Reviewed by Amit Hagar, University of Indiana Bloomington Ever since Science published Philip W. Anderson's influential article "More is different" (1972), philosophers of science have sought reassurance in their struggles against reductionism in effective field theories. They saw these theories and the renormalization program that has led to them as the physicists' own admission that reductionism has failed. And if reductionism has failed within physics, or so the story went, then the prospects of extending it outside physics fared no better. In her intriguing monograph, Miriam Thalos expands on this strategy, and offers yet another renormalization-inspired alternative to reductionism. Her idea is that the standard picture of science as a tower of disciplines whose. . .

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