Mathematical Physics and Quantum Field Theory
Electron. J. Diff. Eqns., Conf. 04, 2000, pp. 207-213.
A. S. Wightman
Q: Is there a simple proof of the Spin-Statistics Theorem?
A: Not if all that is assumed is invariance under the Euclidean Group.
When this hypothesis is supplemented by invariance under restricted Lorentz transformations, the key move is to disregard Henry David Thoreau's advice: "Simplify, simplify" and instead: complexify, complexify.
Published July 12, 2000.
Mathematics Subject Classifications: 81T05.
Key words: Spin-statistics theorem.
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