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1. Miller, Michael. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory.

Degree: 2017, University of Pittsburgh

Quantum field theory accurately describes the world on the finest scales to which we have empirical access. There has been significant disagreement, however,about which mathematical structures ought to be taken as constitutive of the theory, and thus over which structures should serve as the basis for its interpretation. Perturbative methods allow for successful empirical prediction but require mathematical manipulations that are at odds with the canonical approach to interpreting physical theories that has been passed down from the logical positivists. Axiomatic characterizations of the theory, on the other hand, have not been shown to admit empirically interesting models. This dissertation shows how to understand the empirical success of quantum field theory by reconsidering widely held commitments about how physical meaning accrues to mathematical structure.

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APA (6th Edition):

Miller, M. (2017). The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory. (Thesis). University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved from http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/1/miller_etd_2017_2.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Miller, Michael. “The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory.” 2017. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. Accessed December 18, 2017. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/1/miller_etd_2017_2.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Miller, Michael. “The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory.” 2017. Web. 18 Dec 2017.

Vancouver:

Miller M. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Pittsburgh; 2017. [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/1/miller_etd_2017_2.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/.

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Council of Science Editors:

Miller M. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory. [Thesis]. University of Pittsburgh; 2017. Available from: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/1/miller_etd_2017_2.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/32818/

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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