Philosophical foundations of quantum field theory

edited by Harvey R. Brown and Rom Harré

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 the role of covariance principles. Part IV examines the mathematical foundations of QFT.

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  • Rom Harre & 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: Virtual particles and the interpretation of quantum field theory
  • Rom Harre: 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 and Lorentz 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.

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書名 Philosophical foundations of quantum field theory
著作者等 Brown, Harvey R.
Harré, Rom
Harre Rom
シリーズ名 Clarendon paperbacks
出版元 Clarendon Press;Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1990
ページ数 190 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0198242891
NCID BA11307290
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス