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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 561–575 | Cite as

Broken Bootstraps---The Rise and Fall of a Research Programme

  • Michael RedheadEmail author
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Abstract

The bootstrap approach to understanding the elementary particles in hadronic physics was very popular in the 1960s as an alternative to quantum field theory. This episode is subjected to historical, methodological and philosophical analysis designed to complement the extensive work of Jim Cushing in this field.

Keywords

S matrix bootstrap nuclear democracy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Philosophy of Natural and Social ScienceLondon School of EconomicsLondonUnited Kingdom

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