The early history of current Algebra
University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Received: 23 February 2011
Published online: 7 June 2011
The history of Current Algebra is reviewed up to the appearance of the Adler-Weisberger sum rule. Particular emphasis is given to the role of current algebra in the historical struggle in strong interaction physics of elementary particles between field theory and the S-matrix approach based on dispersion relations. The question as to whether some particles are truly fundamental or all hadrons are bound or resonant states of one another played an important role in this struggle and is thus also regarded.
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