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The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory
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The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory

Anthony Duncan

Abstract

The book attempts to provide an introduction to quantum field theory emphasizing conceptual issues frequently neglected in more ‘utilitarian’ treatments of the subject. The book is divided into four parts, which look in turn at origins, dynamics, symmetries, and scales. The emphasis is conceptual — the aim is to build the theory up systematically from some clearly stated foundational concepts — and therefore to a large extent anti-historical, but two historical chapters are included to situate quantum field theory in the larger context of modern physical theories. The three remaining sections ... More

Keywords: quantum field theory, relativistic invariance, quantum mechanics, physical action, clustering principle, symmetries, Lagrangian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573264.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Duncan, author
Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh

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