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The twin origins of renormalization group concepts

Fraser, James D. (2021) 'The twin origins of renormalization group concepts.', Studies in history and philosophy of science part A., 89 . pp. 114-128.


This paper traces the origin of renormalization group concepts back to two strands of 1950s high energy physics: the causal perturbation theory programme, which gave rise to the Stueckelberg-Petermann renormalization group, and the debate about the consistency of quantum electrodynamics, which gave rise to the Gell-Mann-Low renormalization group. Recognising the different motivations that shaped these early approaches sheds light on the formal and interpretive diversity we find in contemporary renormalization group methods.

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Date deposited:04 January 2022
Date of first online publication:24 August 2021
Date first made open access:24 February 2023

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