How Is Quantum Field Theory Possible?

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Quantum field theory (QFT) combines quantum mechanics with Einstein's special theory of relativity and underlies elementary particle physics. This book presents a philosophical analysis of QFT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195093445
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: Introduction
1. A Human View of the World in Quantum Field Theory
2. The Categorical Framework of Objective Knowledge
PART 2: Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics
3. The Structure of Quantum Mechanics
4. The Quantum Measurement Problem
PART 3: Relativity and Symmetries
5. Geometry and Space-time
6. Symmetries in Physics
7. The Principles of Relativity and Local Symmetry
PART 4: Quantum Field Theory
8. Quantum Fields and Elementary Particles
9. Fields, Quantum Fields, and Field Quanta
10. Interacting Field and Gauge Field Theory
PART 5: Objects of Experiences: Quantum States-Observables-Statistics
11. Properties and Quantum Properties
12. The Form of Observation and the Reality of Quantum States
13. The Gap in Understanding: Eigenvalue and Probability
14. Coordinatization of the Quantum World: Observables
15. The General Concept of Objects in Physical Theories
16. The Illusion of the Observer
17. The Mentalism Behind Yes-no Experiments
PART 6: The Event-structure and the Spatio-temporal Order: Local Fields
18. The Whole and the Individual: Field and Event
19. This-Something: Events or Local Fields
20. The Basic Spatio-temporal Structure of the Physical World
21. The Referential Structure of Field Theory
22. The States of the Field as a Whole: Field Quanta
23. Identity and Diversity: Quantum Multi-Particle Systems
PART 7: Explicit Relations and the Causal Order: Interacting Fields
24. The Constancy of Prediction and the Cement of the Universe
25. Permanence, Endurance, and the Concepts of Time
26. How Are Regular Successions of Events Possible?
27. Relational Properties: Phase and Potential
28. Causal Relations: Connection and Parallel Transport
29. Thoroughgoing Interaction: Renormalization
PART 8: Epilogue
30. The Intelligibility of the Objective World Appendix A: Measure and Probability: Quantity, Quality, Modality A1. Measure: The General Concept of Extensive Magnitudes A2. Function and Distribution: Individual and Collective Qualities A3. Individual, Statistical, and Probabilistic Statements Appendix B: Fiber Bundles Appendix C: The Cosmic and the Microscopic: An Application

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