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Relativistic Interaction of Classical Particles

  • E. P. Wigner
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Part of the The Scientific Papers book series (WIGNER, volume A / 3)

Abstract

Our conference title refers to fundamental interactions at high energy. Dr. Symanzik, in his address, was concerned with fundamental problems and was concerned with interactions but was not concerned with high energy. I can do one better and my discussion will not be concerned with high energy, will not be concerned with fundamental problems, but it will be concerned with interactions. Perhaps I should give a bit of history of it because for the first twenty minutes I will speak about things which I do understand and on which, if I receive an embarrassing question, I hope to be able to answer it. The last ten minutes I will speak about things where, if you ask me an embarrassing question about it, I will be probably embarrassed.

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