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Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories

2nd Edition

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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476072

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  • This new edition of Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories explores the conceptual foundations and historical roots of fundamental field theories. It also uncovers the underlying issues, logic and dynamics in fundamental physics. In response to new advances in the field over the past twenty years, the sections on gauge theory and quantum field theory have been thoroughly revised and elaborated. The chapter on ontological synthesis and scientific realism has also been reconsidered, now suggesting a new approach that goes beyond structuralism and historicism. Providing an integrated picture of the physical world, it is a valuable resource for theoretical physicists and philosophers of science with an interest in the development of twentieth century mathematical physics. It also provides professional historians and sociologists of science with a basis for further historical, cultural and sociological analysis of the theories discussed.

    • Updated with revised conceptual foundations of quantum field theory and gauge theory
    • Provides a summary of the fundamental issues and describes the internal logic and dynamics in fundamental physics
    • Includes material for philosophical (metaphysical, methodological and semantic) reflections
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476072
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. The rise of classical field theory
    Part I. The Geometrical Programme for Fundamental Interactions:
    3. Einstein's route to the gravitational field
    4. The general theory of relativity (GTR)
    5. The geometrical programme (GP)
    Part II. The Quantum Field Programme for Fundamental Interactions:
    6. The rise of quantum theory
    7. The formation of the conceptual foundations of quantum field theory
    8. The quantum field programme (QFP)
    Part III. The Gauge Field Programme for Fundamental Interactions:
    9. The route to gauge fields
    10. The formation of the conceptual foundations of gauge field theories
    11. The gauge field programme (GFP)
    12. Ontological synthesis and scientific realism
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Tian Yu Cao, Boston University
    Tian Cao is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He is a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Senior Smithsonian Institution Fellow; Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford; and Neugebauer Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. He is author of From Current Algebra to Quantum Chromodynamics (Ccambridge, 2010); and editor of Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Field Theory (Cambridge, 1999). His research interests include the philosophy and history of science, epistemology, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, with special interest in philosophical issues related to modernity and postmodernity.

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