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Theory Construction and Selection in Modern Physics The S Matrix

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ISBN-10: 0521017300

ISBN-13: 9780521017305

Edition: 2005

Authors: James T. Cushing

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One of the major philosophical problems in physical sciences is what criteria should determine how scientific theories are selected and justified in practice and whether, in describing observable physical phenomena, such theories are effectively constrained to be unique. This book studies the example of a particular theory, the S-matrix theory. The S-matrix program was initiated by Heisenberg to deal with difficulties encountered in quantum field theories in describing particular phenomena. Since then, each theory has at different times been favored as the explanation of observed phenomena. Certainly the S-matrix theory was adequate, feasible and fertile. However, the quantum field theory…    
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Book details

List price: $117.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

Introduction and background
Origin of the S-matrix: Heisenberg-s program and a background to dispersion theory
Dispersion relations
Another route to a theory based on analytic reaction amplitudes
The analytic S-matrix
The bootstrap and Regge poles
An autonomous S-matrix program
The duality program
-Data- for a methodological study
Methodological lessons
Glossary of technical terms (from physics and from philosophy)
Some key figures and their positions