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Mathematical Theory of Feynman Path Integrals

An Introduction

Book

Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 523)

About this book

Introduction

Feynman path integrals, suggested heuristically by Feynman in the 40s, have become the basis of much of contemporary physics, from non-relativistic quantum mechanics to quantum fields, including gauge fields, gravitation, cosmology. Recently ideas based on Feynman path integrals have also played an important role in areas of mathematics like low-dimensional topology and differential geometry, algebraic geometry, infinite-dimensional analysis and geometry, and number theory.

The 2nd edition of LNM 523 is based on the two first authors' mathematical approach of this theory presented in its 1st edition in 1976. To take care of the many developments since then, an entire new chapter on the current forefront of research has been added. Except for this new chapter and the correction of a few misprints, the basic material and presentation of the first edition has been maintained. At the end of each chapter the reader will also find notes with further bibliographical information.

Keywords

(infinite dimensional) oscillatory integrals Feynman path integrals Potential calculus geometry mechanics number theory quantum mechanics quantum theory of fields semiclassical asymptotic expansions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Bonn53115Germany
  2. 2.University of OsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Trento38050Italy

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Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The second edition (from 2008) contains a large additional chapter … entitled ‘Some Recent Developments’, where alternative attempts at a rigourous formalism are presented, as well as recent applications. Summarizing, this is a good and insightful book for those familiar with path integrals and curious about the mathematic foundations of path integration." (Jacques Tempere, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 2, June, 2009)

“The new edition goes way beyond the habitual corrections and additions … . It is good to have this new book. Not only for the more recent results it contains, but also as a point of departure for so many questions that are still open in the realm of infinite dimensional oscillatory integrals.” (Ludwig Streit, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1222, 2011)