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Origins II: Gestation and birth of interacting field theory: from Dirac to Shelter Island

Anthony Duncan

in The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199573264
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573264.003.0002
Origins II: Gestation and birth of interacting field theory: from Dirac to Shelter Island

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This chapter highlights major breakthroughs in the history of quantum field theory. It focuses on studies which had a definitive impact in, firstly, the development of the formal structure of quantum field theory; and, secondly, uncovering and (partially) resolving the conceptual difficulties occasioned by the lack of explicit relativistic covariance and by the appearance of ultraviolet divergencies in early calculations of quantum electrodynamic processes. The theories of Dirac, Jordan, Klein, Wigner, Pauli, and Heisenberg are discussed.

Keywords: quantum field theory; quantum electrodynamics; Dirac; Jordan; Klein; Wigner; Pauli; Heisenberg

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Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics

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