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I'm slowly understanding quantum field theory. I believe I understand non-interacting quantum fields pretty well, I would say as a formalism for real signal analysis, and their relationship to classical random fields, but the mathematics and understanding of interacting quantum fields is harder.

As a manifesto for PhysicsSE, I would say that research in Physics is a cooperative endeavour, in which productive failures are sometimes better for us than apparent successes. Sometimes seeing what is productive takes the ingenuity of many people and many years.

comment Where did “cc” and “bcc” come from?
Google ngram shows "blind carbon copy" first appearing in 1960, and becoming more common from 1980, say. The two words "carbon copy" seem to have become common currency around 1900, which seems to tie in pretty well with the typewriter. ngrams.googlelabs.com/…