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Against the impossible picture: Feynman's heuristics in his search for a divergence-free quantum electrodynamics

Wüthrich, Adrian (2011) Against the impossible picture: Feynman's heuristics in his search for a divergence-free quantum electrodynamics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Arguably, the development of Feynman diagrams not only resulted in a useful tool for calculations but also brought about deep conceptual changes in the theory of quantum electrodynamics. Starting from this thesis, I try to bring to the fore a particular aspect of it. I maintain that the function of Feynman diagrams is not exhausted by their use in the application of the finished theory to concrete cases. Rather, Feynman diagrams are one of the results of Feynman's more general search for appropriate means of representation. Accordingly, the development of Feynman diagrams is a characteristic example of Feynman's heuristics.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Feynman diagrams, heuristics, means of representation, quantum electrodynamics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Adrian Wüthrich
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 19:06
    Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 10:20
    Item ID: 8474
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8474

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