[FOM] Question about theoretical physics

Lukasz T. Stepien sfstepie at cyf-kr.edu.pl
Fri Jun 28 13:47:22 EDT 2013

I have read this very interesting discussion about fine structure
constant, QED etc., on FOM, in February and March, but just now I have a
leisure to join the discussion.

 Namely, I have a remark that as far as fine structure constant is
concerned, a theory, explaining the value of this constant, i.e. what is
the nature of the electric charge of electron, was constructed by Andrzej
Staruszkiewicz (Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics,  Jagiellonian
University, Krakow, Poland).

I give here the references to several his papers, devoted his theory:

1. Ann. Phys. (N.Y.) 190, 354 (1989).
2. Acta Phys. Pol. B 26 (7), 1275 (1995).
4. Tr. J. of Physics 23, 847 - 849 (1999) - also published in "New
Developments of Quantum Field Theory", NATO Science Series: B: Vol. 366,
179 (2002), Editors:  Poul Henrik Damgaard and Jerzy Jurkiewicz, Plenum
Press, New York.
5. Acta Phys. Pol. B 33(8), 2041 (2002).
6. Found. Phys., 32 (12), 1863 (2002).

 This my remark refers somewhat also to a question of Jay Sulzberger,
cit. "Is there a consistent theory of QED, consistent to the usual
standard of professors of mathematics?".

                                        Łukasz T. Stępień
Lukasz T. Stepien

The Pedagogical University of Cracow
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 On 1 March 2013, 10:38 pm, Fr, Arnold Neumaier wrote:
> On 03/01/2013 07:22 AM, Joe Shipman wrote:
>> My concern is simpler than this. I just want to know where there exists
a computer program which takes as inputs the fine-structure constant and
>> a desired output precision and returns a prediction of the magnetic
moment of the electron to the requested precision, whether or not the
program has good convergence properties.
> No. There is no program where you could specify a desired accuracy in
advance. Quantum field theory is too difficult a subject to allow that at
the present time.
> Nobody has written any code for getting higher than alpha^6
> approximations for QED (and far less for other quantum field theories),
and even the alpha^6 term is currently incomplete  (and gives a result of
unknown accuracy), as for tractability only the contributions deemed most
relevant are included.
>> I want a pointer to a reference work
> The pointers that exist (and are given in my FAQ entry mentioned before)
point to far less, but point to what is common practice in reporting high
precision physics calculations.
> Arnold
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