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Emergence without limits : The case of phonons. / Franklin, Alexander; Knox, Eleanor.

In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 64, 11.2018, p. 68-78.

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Franklin, A & Knox, E 2018, 'Emergence without limits: The case of phonons', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 64, pp. 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.06.001

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Franklin, A., & Knox, E. (2018). Emergence without limits: The case of phonons. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 64, 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.06.001

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Franklin A, Knox E. Emergence without limits: The case of phonons. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 2018 Nov;64:68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.06.001

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Franklin, Alexander ; Knox, Eleanor. / Emergence without limits : The case of phonons. In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 2018 ; Vol. 64. pp. 68-78.

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