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An interpretive introduction to quantum field theory

Author: Paul Teller
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1995.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Teller
ISBN: 0691074089 9780691074085 0691016275 9780691016276
OCLC Number: 30356208
Description: x, 176 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preliminaries and overview --
From paricles to quinta --
Fock space --
Free quantum field theory --
What the quantum field is not: field and quantal aspects of quantum field theory --
Interactions --
Infinite renormalization.
Responsibility: Paul Teller.
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