SpringerBriefs in Physics

Effective Theories in Physics

From Planetary Orbits to Elementary Particle Masses

Authors: Wells, James D.

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There is significant interest in the Philosophy of Science community to understand the role that "effective theories" have in the work of forefront science. The ideas of effective theories have been implicit in science for a long time, but have only been articulated well in the last few decades. Since Wilson's renormalization group revolution in the early 1970's, the science community has come to more fully understand its power, and by the mid-1990's it had gained its apotheosis. It is still one of the most powerful concepts in science, which has direct impact in how one thinks about and formulates theories of nature. It is this power that this Brief sets out to emphasize through historical analysis and current examples.

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“This remarkable and charming book introduces the idea of effective field theories from a novel point of view, making the concepts natural and – in retrospect – inevitable. … it is easily accessible to a graduate student or a bright undergraduate. It will also be welcomed by professional physicists for its readability and clear, compelling style. … The approach is original and makes the whole concept of effective theories clear and natural.” (John Swain, CERN Courier, January-February, 2014)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Utility of Effective Theories

    Wells, James D.

    Pages 1-6

  • Harmonic Oscillator as an Effective Theory

    Wells, James D.

    Pages 7-14

  • Effective Theories of Classical Gravity

    Wells, James D.

    Pages 15-42

  • Effective Theories and Elementary Particle Masses

    Wells, James D.

    Pages 43-60

  • Effective Theories and Theory Choice

    Wells, James D.

    Pages 61-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Effective Theories in Physics
Book Subtitle
From Planetary Orbits to Elementary Particle Masses
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Physics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-34892-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-34892-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-34891-4
Series ISSN
2191-5423
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 73
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