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Renormalized Semiotics

16 Mar 1995 06:50

The post-structuralists talk about endless chains of signifiers floating loose without connecting to signifieds. As a physicist, I say just renormalize the bastards, absorbing all those extra infinite terms into the dressed'' or physical'' or observed'' signifier, which then works just fine. (Cf. James on the fringe.'')

Oh my God, it's full of signifiers!''

(After a conversation with Jon Fetter, 21 February)

Recommended:
• Mattuck, A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem [Since this undertakes --- successfully --- to explain Feynman Diagrams and renormalization at what the author calls a pre-kindergarten level,'' it should be quite accessible to the semioticians, especially those who speak so learnedly of differential topology.'']