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Formal Languages and the Foundations of Physics

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Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 7)

Abstract

When I first began to take a serious interest in theoretical physics I was attracted by quantum field theory, a mysterious subject which — at least in the form of quantum electrodynamics — nevertheless seemed to be extraordinarily successful in predicting experimental results. It was an obvious challenge to try to develop a formulation of this theory which would be both mathematically satisfactory and, from a physical point of view, self-contained in the sense of not depending for its interpretation on prior physical theories. However, I soon found that this task was far from easy; so much so that it seemed advisable first to aim at a fully satisfactory account of ordinary quantum mechanics, a subject of which quantum electrodynamics might be described as a very sophisticated descendent.

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Final Position Physical Theory Formal Language Classical Logic Primary Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western OntarioCanada

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