Quantum Field Theory: Then and Now

April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

1008 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
United States


Max Planck Institute for The History of Science
Technische Universität Berlin
University of Pittsburgh
Harvard University
University of California, San Diego
University of Pittsburgh


University of Edinburgh
University of California, San Diego
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh

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The event immediately follows a workshop for Early Career History & Philosophy of Physics, taking place on April 11-12, 2019.

Quantum field theory has been with us, in one form or another, for almost a century. Since the middle of the 20th century, it has been increasingly ubiquitous in many areas of physics, providing the theoretical framework for the Standard Model of particle physics and underlying models in fields as far-flung as early universe cosmology and condensed matter physics. Yet, many important questions about the history and conceptual foundations of quantum field theory remain unsettled. This workshop aims to begin answering some of those questions. We will consider how examination of the historical development of quantum field theory can shape our interpretation of the theory, and reflect on possible ways that the conceptual and mathematical foundations of the theory can reveal promising paths for further development.


Alexander Blum
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Arianna Borrelli
Technische Universitat Berlin

Anthony Duncan
University of Pittsburgh

Arthur Jaffe
Harvard University

Kerry McKenzie
University of California, San Diego

David Wallace
University of Southern California

Organizing Committee: 

Kerry McKenzie (UCSD)
Casey McCoy (Edinburgh)
Michael Miller (Toronto)
Laura Ruetsche (Michigan)
Jennifer Whyte (Pittsburgh) 
Porter Williams (USC)

For more info: 
Cheryl Greer [email protected]

Sponsored by the Center for Philosophy of Science


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