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A Century of IdeasA Confrontation with Infinity

A Century of Ideas: A Confrontation with Infinity [Early attempts at constructing realistic models for the weak interaction between elementary particles were off-set by the emergence of infinite, hence meaningless, expressions when one tried to derive the radiative corrections. When models based on gauge theories with Higgs mechanism were discovered to be renormalizable, the bothersome infinities disappeared-they cancelled out. If this success seemed to be due to mathematical sorcery, it may be of interest to explain the physical insights on which it is actually based.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Century of IdeasA Confrontation with Infinity

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics Book Series (volume 149)
Editors: Sidharth, B. G.
A Century of Ideas — Jan 1, 2008

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Netherlands 2008
ISBN
978-1-4020-4359-8
Pages
109 –121
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4360-4_11
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Early attempts at constructing realistic models for the weak interaction between elementary particles were off-set by the emergence of infinite, hence meaningless, expressions when one tried to derive the radiative corrections. When models based on gauge theories with Higgs mechanism were discovered to be renormalizable, the bothersome infinities disappeared-they cancelled out. If this success seemed to be due to mathematical sorcery, it may be of interest to explain the physical insights on which it is actually based.]

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: Gauge Theory; Higgs Boson; Large Hadron Collider; Higgs Mass; Distance Scale

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