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The Twin Origins of Renormalization Group Concepts

Fraser, James D. (2021) The Twin Origins of Renormalization Group Concepts. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 89. pp. 114-128. ISSN 00393681

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This paper traces the origin of renormalization group concepts back to two strands of 1950s high energy physics: the causal perturbation theory programme, which gave rise to the Stueckelberg-Petermann renormalization group, and the debate about the consistency of quantum electrodynamics, which gave rise to the Gell-Mann-Low renormalization group. Recognising the different motivations that shaped these early approaches sheds light on the formal and interpretive diversity we find in contemporary renormalization group methods.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Fraser, James D.jamesf09@hotmail.co.uk
Keywords: Renormalization Group, Quantum Field Theory, Effective Field Theory, Consistency, Scientific Concepts, History of Physics
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mr James Fraser
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2023 14:58
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 14:58
Item ID: 21690
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.08.002
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2021
Page Range: pp. 114-128
Volume: 89
ISSN: 00393681
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21690

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