Some philosophical aspects of the renormalization of gauge theories

John Dougherty (LMU Munich)

Nov 18. 2021, 14:15 — 15:15

This talk is an overview of why gauge theories have interested philosophers and how recent mathematical work on the renormalization of gauge theories is relevant to that interest.  I start by sketching the background assumptions in philosophy of mathematics that make gauge theories puzzling.  I then describe some of the reactions to these puzzles.  Finally, I discuss how these puzzles look in light of recent trends in work on renormalization in the BV-BRST formalism.

Further Information
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Associated Event:
Higher Structures Emerging from Renormalisation (Graduate School)
Pierre Clavier (U of Haut-Alsace)
Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard (NTNU, Trondheim)
Peter K. Friz (TU Berlin)
Harald Grosse (U of Vienna)
Dominique Manchon (U Clerment Auvergne)
Sylvie Paycha (U of Potsdam)
Sylke Pfeiffer (U of Potsdam)