Next: Introduction and
Renormalization: Our Greatly Misunderstood Friend
Andrew E. Blechman
Presentation Date: September 17, 2002
This is a web-paper write-up for a talk I gave for Intermediate Seminar
at Johns Hopkins Unversity (172.711-712). I will present a friendly, although
slightly technical introduction to the theory of renormalization. Examples
from nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics will serve
to introduce the concepts. The ``Algorithm of Renormalization'' will then
be presented and explored. Finally, I will present an overview of Wilson's
Renormalization Group, and show how we can make the ideas in this paper
Seminar at Johns Hopkins University's
Physics and Astronomy Deptartment is a year long seminar taken by all
second-year graduate students. The requirements change on a yearly
basis, but my requirements included a twenty minute talk and a fourty-five
minute talk. The first talk I am publising here as a web article.
The second talk can be found as a paper here. As
this seminar is for graduate students in physics and astronomy, there are
some technical details in these papers, and some of the talk is quite formal.
I will do my best here to be as clear as possible to the general public,
although I'm assuming you know a little quanum mechanics.
Also included on this website are the original
slides for this talk. Feel free to have a look at them and follow
along in the paper.
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