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Einstein's dissatisfaction with nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and relativistic quantum field theory

Rédei, Miklós (2010) Einstein's dissatisfaction with nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and relativistic quantum field theory. Philosophy of Science, 77 (5). pp. 1042-1057. ISSN 0031-8248

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Abstract

It is argued that in his critique of standard nonrelativistic quantum mechanics Einstein formulated three requirements as necessary for a physical theory to be compatible with the field-theorectical paradigm, and it is shown that local, relativistic, algebraic quantum field theory typically satisfies those criteria-although, there are still open questions concerning the status of operational separability of quantum systems localized in space like separated space-time regions. It is concluded that local algebraic quantum field theory can be viewed as a research program that Einstein suggested informally in 1948 and that was realized only later in mathematical physics. Copyright 2010 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journa...
Additional Information: © 2010 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.
Library of Congress subject classification: Q Science > QC Physics
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 11:57
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33575/

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