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Why is integration harder than differentiation?

Hello everyone,,

More specifically, how come any function expressible in terms of elementary functions has a derivative expressible in terms of elementary functions, but this is not true at all (and almost never true) for finding primitives?

The best reason I can come up with is that the derivative only depends on the local behavior of the function at that point... but idk.