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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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.08.002|
|Publisher statement:||© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/|
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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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