The European Physical Journal H

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 241–260 | Cite as

The cofounder of quantum field theory: Pascual Jordan

  • Walter DittrichEmail author


A comparative study is undertaken that brings to light the two different methods of how to treat the many-body problem in quantum field theory. The two main researchers who published the first versions of how to quantize a many-body assembly were P. Jordan and P.A.M. Dirac. What they understood by the so-called “second quantization” will be the subject of the paper. We will argue that it is Jordan’s field operator approach that until now constitutes the basis of any work in quantum field theory.


Canonical Variable Quantum Electrodynamic Black Body Radiation Quantum Action Principle Narrow Frequency Interval 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

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