[FOM] Question about theoretical physics
Jaykov Foukzon
jaykovfoukzon at list.ru
Sun Mar 10 14:40:01 EDT 2013
On Thu, 28 Feb 201 , Timothy Y. Chow wrote:
> Again, allowing me to caricature the situation for simplicity, I'd say
> that the objection is this. If the sequence of approximations is not
> believed to converge, then this looks like "cheating" to an outsider. I
> compute the first approximation, and it's not so good. So I compute the
> second approximation, and it's better, but still not great. I compute the
> third approximation, and wow! It matches to 10 digits. I collect my
> Nobel Prize and conveniently forget to mention that if I had computed the
> fourth approximation, it would have matched only 5 digits.
Nevertheless there are well-known and very rigid criteria following from postulates axiomatic QFT, allowing reliably to exclude the above-stated arbitrariness.
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