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It is within the realm of possibility that asymptotic freedom is an ad hoc theory. It may have been created purposefully in order to explain experimental findings.Lestrade 16:59, 5 May 2006 (UTC)Lestrade
- Well, QCD certainly was, but asymptotic freedom flows naturally from the theory of renormalization groups (pun intendend), which are well understood and not ad-hoc at all. Perhaps read some papers by Wilson of Wilson loop fame.--Lionelbrits 14:30, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
The Infinity Puzzle, by Frank Close (2012)
There is a chapter in Frank Close's book, based on interviews with all three of Gross, Politzer, and Wilczek, that gives a lively history of the development of this theory.
In the summer of 1973, after the initial papers all had been published, Sidney Coleman (thesis advisor to David Politzer) lectured as usual at the Erice Summer School. Frank Wilczek, who had turned 22 in May 1973, and who had married me on July 3, 1973, left for Erice on July 4, 1973, where he served as the "secretary" for Sidney's lectures. Frank won the prize that summer as "best student," so his airfare and all fees were paid for. When I learned this, I said, "If we had known this would happen, we could have afforded for me to got to Erice with you." Frank said, "Betsy, if you had been there, I would never have won that prize." He is probably right! I imagine the lecture notes from that particular summer school would also be a useful resource on the history of this topic.
"Asymptotic freedom," as a description of quark interactions, is a term coined by Sidney Coleman. Sidney had a bigger vocabulary than any 5 normal people of your common acquaintance, but in later years he jokingly said to Frank, "I did you a bad turn when I suggested that name." What would have been better, I wonder, in an era of god particles and theories of everything? Left as an exercise to the reader. betsythedevine (talk) 02:12, 14 May 2016 (UTC)