PhilSci Archive

Idealization in Quantum Field Theory

Hartmann, Stephan (2005) Idealization in Quantum Field Theory. [Preprint]

Download (204Kb) | Preview


    This paper explores various functions of idealizations in quantum field theory. To this end it is important to first distinguish between different kinds of theories and models of or inspired by quantum field theory. Idealizations have pragmatic and cognitive functions. Analyzing a case-study from hadron physics, I demonstrate the virtues of studying highly idealized models for exploring the features of theories with an extremely rich structure such as quantum field theory and for gaining some understanding of the physical processes in the system under consideration.

    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:

    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Models, idealizations, understanding, quark models
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Stephan Hartmann
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2411

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads