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The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory


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Part I: Origins 1: From the Arrow of Time to the First Quantum Field 2: Gestation and Birth of Interacting Field Theory- From Dirac to Shelter Island Part II: Dynamics 3: The Physical Ingredients of Quantum Field Theory - Dynamics, Symmetries, Scales 4: Quantum Mechanical Preliminaries 5: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics 6: Aspects of Locality - Clustering, Microcausality, and Analyticity 7: Construction of Local Covariant Fields 8: The Classical Limit of Quantum Fields 9: Interacting Fields- General Aspects 10: Interacting Fields- Perturbative Aspects 11: Interacting Fields - Nonperturbative Aspects Part III: Symmetries 12: Continuous Space-time Symmetry - Why we need Lagrangians in Field Theory 13: Discrete Space-time Symmetries 14: Global Symmetries in Field Theory 15: Local Symmetries in Field Theory Part IV: Scales 16: Scale Sensitivity of Field Theory Amplitudes and Effective Field Theories 17: Perturbatively Renormalizable Field Theories 18: Short-distance Structure of Quantum Field Theory 19: Long-distance Structure of Quantum Field Theory

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Anthony Duncan is Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.


`This is an outstandingly good book. Although aimed at physicists, it is a godsend to philosophers of physics who want to understand quantum field theory. To know all that is here would be wisdom indeed ... This book is an invaluable aid to truly understanding quantum field theory' Jeremy Butterfield, Philosophy of Science `Review from previous edition This is not your average quantum field theory book. Duncan provides a new perspecetive on the field, emphasising a number of conceptual and technical aspects that are usually brushed conveniently under the carpet. This should be high on the reading list of any serious researcher.' David Tong, University of Cambridge

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