Acta Physica Hungarica

, Volume 64, Issue 1–3, pp 7–13 | Cite as

Progress in our notion of mass

  • H. Pietschmann


The development of our concepts of quantum field theory especially in the version of local gauge theories has brought about a tremendous success in predicting and explaining experimental facts. As a sideeffect, our understanding of the notion of mass has undergone dramatic changes. Since this is not accompanied by a change in experimental predictions or empirical notions, it is progress in a field which might be considered on the borderline of physics and philosophy of nature.


Higgs Boson Gauge Boson Vector Meson Mass Difference Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Pietschmann
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsVienna UniversityViennaAustria

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