Topics in the Foundations of Quantum Field Theory
Seminar leader: Hans Halvorson
We will work through Laura Ruetsche's book Interpreting Quantum Theories, as well as some supporting materials.
In the first session, HH will present material from Chapter 2 “Quantizing”. In the second session, HH will present material from Chapter 3 “Beyond the Stone-von Neumann Theorem”, and we will possibly begin with on the more advanced mathematical material in Chapter 4. (Supporting material for Chap 4: Bär and Becker, C*-algebras)
This is a co-op seminar in the following sense: if you attend regularly, then you are strongly encouraged — indeed expected — to lead one of the sessions. Especially if you are a graduate student in Princeton's Philosophy Department, you should feel pressure to volunteer. Undergraduate students should talk to HH about getting credit for the course.