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Virtuality in modern physics in the 1920s and 1930s: Meaning(s) of an emerging notion

Martinez, Jean-Philippe (2024) Virtuality in modern physics in the 1920s and 1930s: Meaning(s) of an emerging notion. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This article discusses the meaning of the notion of virtuality in modern physics. To this end, it develops considerations on the introduction and establishment in nuclear physics of two independent concepts at the turn of the 1920s and 1930s: that of the virtual state, used in the context of neutron scattering studies, and that of the virtual transition, useful for the theoretical understanding of strong nuclear forces, which forms the basis of what are now called virtual particles. Their comparative analysis highlights the theoretical nature of virtual entities and processes in modern physics. It also shows how the virtual has been associated with various purely physical attributes, leading to a form of polysemy of the term, from the beginning of the application of these concepts.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Martinez, Jean-Philippe0000-0003-4497-1127
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email m.zichert@tu-berlin.de
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2024 09:17
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 09:17
Item ID: 23039
Official URL: https://direct.mit.edu/posc/article-abstract/doi/1...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00610
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2024
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23039

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