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The Relation between Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics

Bacelar Valente, Mario (2011) The Relation between Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 26 (1). pp. 51-68. ISSN 2171-679X

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Quantum electrodynamics presents intrinsic limitations in the description of physical processes that make it impossible to recover from it the type of description we have in classical electrodynamics. Hence one cannot consider classical electrodynamics as reducing to quantum electrodynamics and being recovered from it by some sort of limiting procedure. Quantum electrodynamics has to be seen not as an more fundamental theory, but as an upgrade of classical electrodynamics, which permits an extension of classical theory to the description of phenomena that, while being related to the conceptual framework of the classical theory, cannot be addressed from the classical theory.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Bacelar Valente,
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Classical electrodynamics; Quantum electrodynamics; Theory reduction; Classical limit
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Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 23:30
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 23:30
Item ID: 10290
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaísVasco
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.754
Date: February 2011
Page Range: pp. 51-68
Volume: 26
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X

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