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Time Reversal in Classical Electromagnetism

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Richard Feynman has claimed that anti-particles are nothing but particles 'propagating backwards in time'; that time reversing a particle state always turns it into the corresponding anti-particle state. According to standard quantum field theory textbooks this is not so: time reversal does not turn particles into anti-particles. Feynman's view is interesting because, in particular, it suggests a non-standard, and possibly illuminating, interpretation of the CPT theorem. This paper explores a...

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10.1093/bjps/axp015

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
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Author
Journal:
BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Volume:
60
Issue:
3
Pages:
557-584
Publication date:
2009-09-05
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EISSN:
1464-3537
ISSN:
0007-0882
URN:
uuid:d918db5b-534e-4ecb-8171-7e0e7f1892e5
Source identifiers:
145793
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pubs:145793
Language:
English

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