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Pulling Oneself Up By One's Bootstraps in Theoretical Physics

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Baron von Munchhausen escaped a swamp by pulling on his bootstraps. Sometimes it may be possible to derive results in physics or other areas from general principles with little apparent input. I will describe how such bootstrap methods were once all the rage, then fell out of fashion, but may be enjoying a resurgence.

This talk is part of the Trinity Mathematical Society series.

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