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Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Field Theory - Tian Yu Cao

Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Field Theory

By: Tian Yu Cao (Editor)

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Published: 5th July 2004
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Quantum field theory is a powerful language for the description of the subatomic constituents of the physical world and the laws and principles that govern them. This book contains up-to-date in-depth analyses, by a group of eminent physicists and philosophers of science, of our present understanding of its conceptual foundations, of the reasons why this understanding has to be revised so that the theory can go further, and of possible directions in which revisions may be promising and productive. These analyses will be of interest to graduate students and research workers in physics who want to know about the foundational problems of their subject. The book will also be of interest to professional philosophers, historians and sociologists of science, because it contains much material for metaphysical and methodological reflections, for historical and cultural analyses, and for sociological analyses of the way in which various factors contribute to the way the foundations are revised.

Introduction: Conceptual issues in quantum field theory
Philosophers' Interests in Quantum Field Theory
Why are we philosophers interested in quantum field theory
Quantum field theory and the philosopher
Three Approaches to the Foundations of Quantum Field Theory
The usefulness of a general theory of quantized fields
Effective field theory in condensed matter physics
The triumph and limitations of quantum field theory
Comments
Discussions
Does Quantum Field Theory Need a Foundation
Does quantum field theory need a foundation?
Mathematics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
Renormalization group theory: its basis and formulation in statistical physics
Where does quantum field theory fit into the big picture?
The unreasonable effectiveness of quantum field theory
Comment: the quantum field theory of physics and of mathematics
Quantum Field Theory and Spacetime: Introduction
Quantum field theory and spacetime: formalism and reality
Quantum field theory of geometry
'Localization' in quantum field theory: how much of QFT is compatible with what we know about spacetime
Comments
What is quantum field theory and what did we think it was?
Comments
Discussions
Renormalization Group
What is fundamental physics? A renormalization group perspective
Renormalization group: an interesting yet puzzling idea
Non-Abelian Gauge Theory
Gauge fields, gravity and Bohm's theory
Is the Aharonov-Bohm effect local?
Discussions
The Ontology of Particles or Fields
The ineliminable classical face of quantum field theory
The logic of quanta
Do Feynman diagrams endorse a particle ontology?
On the ontology of QFT
Panel Discussion
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ISBN: 9780521602723
ISBN-10: 0521602726
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 5th July 2004
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.78