Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

ISBN-10: 0691016275
ISBN-13: 9780691016276
Edition: 1995
Authors: Paul Teller
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/6/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Quantum mechanics is a subject that has captured the imagination of a surprisingly broad range of thinkers, including many philosophers of science. Quantum field theory, however, is a subject that has been discussed mostly by physicists. This is the first book to present quantum field theory in a manner that makes it accessible to philosophers. Because it presents a lucid view of the theory and debates that surround the theory,An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theorywill interest students of physics as well as students of philosophy. Paul Teller presents the basic ideas of quantum field theory in a way that is understandable to readers who are familiar with non-relativistic quantum mechanics. He provides information about the physics of the theory without calculational detail, and he enlightens readers on how to think about the theory physically. Along the way, he dismantles some popular myths and clarifies the novel ways in which quantum field theory is both a theory about fields and about particles. His goal is to raise questions about the philosophical implications of the theory and to offer some tentative interpretive views of his own. This provocative and thoughtful book challenges philosophers to extend their thinking beyond the realm of quantum mechanics and it challenges physicists to consider the philosophical issues that their explorations have encouraged.

Preface
Preliminaries and Overview
From Particles to Quanta
Fock Space
Free Quantum Field Theory
What the Quantum Field Is Not: Field and Quantal Aspects of Quantum Field Theory
Interactions
Infinite Renormalization
Bibliography
Index

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