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Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory (Clarendon Paperbacks)

Editat de Harvey R. Brown, Rom Harré
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 05 Jul 1990
The aim of this volume of essays is to delineate and examine a range of topics which represent a systematic account of the nature and implications of QFT.The contributors, who include Michael Redhead, James T. Cushing, Paul Teller, and Gordon Fleming, approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpretations of the value of studying the foundations of QFT as an area of separate metaphysical research. Parts II and III consider the metaphysical and methodological implications of such issues as the problem of the status of virtual particles; the technique of renormalization; and therole of covariance principles. Part IV examines the mathematical foundations of QFT.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780198242895
ISBN-10: 0198242891
Pagini: 196
Ilustrații: line figures
Dimensiuni: 139 x 216 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Ediția: Revised
Editura: Clarendon Press
Colecția Clarendon Press
Seria Clarendon Paperbacks

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom

Cuprins

Rom Harré & Harvey Brown both of the University of Oxford: Introduction; I. QUANTUM FIELD THEORY AS AN OBJECT OF PHILOSOPHICAL STUDY: TWO VIEWS: Michael Redhead, University of Cambridge: A philosopher looks at quantum field theory; James T. Cushing, University of Notre Dame: Foundational problems in and methodological lessons from quantum field theory; II. THE PROBLEMS OF VIRTUAL PARTICLES AND RENORMALIZATION: Robert Weingard, Rutgers University: Virtualparticles and the interpretation of quantum field theory; Rom Harré: Parsing the amplitudes; Paul Teller, University of Illinois: Three problems of renormalization; III. COVARIANCE PRINCIPLES IN QUANTUM FIELD THEORY: Gordon N. Fleming, Pennsylvania State University: Hyperplane-dependent quantized fields andLorentz invariance; Tian-yu Cao, Trinity College, Cambridge: Gauge theory and the geometrization of fundamental physics; IV. MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM FIELD THEORY: Ray F. Streater, King's College, London: Why should anyone want to axiomatize quantum field theory?; Simon Saunders, Wolfson College, Oxford: The algebraic notation of quantum field theory.

Recenzii

'the book offers a substantial and stimulating commentary on GFT as an object of philosophical enquiry ,,, the book offers a solid, useful and much needed beginning, and is for the most part clearly written and always clearly presented. I urge anyone with an interest in the subject to acquire it.'C.A. Hooker, University of Newcastle, Philosophy of Science