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The nature of representation in Feynman diagrams

Dorato, Mauro and Rossanese, Emanuele (2017) The nature of representation in Feynman diagrams. [Preprint]

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Abstract

After a brief presentation of Feynman diagrams, we criticizise the idea that Feynman diagrams can be considered to be pictures or depictions of actual physical processes. We then show that the best interpretation of the role they play in quantum field theory and quantum electrodynamics is captured by Hughes' Denotation, Deduction and Interpretation theory of models (DDI), where “models” are to be interpreted as inferential, non-representational devices constructed in given social contexts by the community of physicists.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dorato, Mauro0000-0002-8313-6362
Rossanese, Emanuele
Keywords: Feynman diagrams, scientific representation, scientific models as pictures, models as inferential machines
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 16:39
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 16:39
Item ID: 14112
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Date: 10 December 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14112

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