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Chemical Explanation

Edited by Edited by Joseph E. Earley, Sr. (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)
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Chemical Explanation

Published: June 2003

Volume 988

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Over many centuries, chemists (and their alchemical predecessors) evolved a sophisticated array of concepts and methods that yield reliable understanding when applied to systems of complexity intermediate between those generally considered by physicists, at one extreme, and biologists, at the other. Chemical problems can be chosen so that quantitative modelling can be used fruitfully, while also displaying some of the intriguing features typical of more complex cases. This volume should be of interest not only to professional chemists and phillosphers, but also to workers in medicine, psychology, and other fields in which relationships between explanations based on diverse levels of description and investigation are important.