I've recently had the oportunity to read the fantastic work Wolfgang Pauli did to summarize the theory of relativity for an encyclopedic article and I have a question about the final part of the article where Pauli addresses the problems of the theory to ultimately solve the problem of the structure of matter and stationary charges to conclude that no theory including GR has satisfactorily solved it.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

One statements of Pauli that I would like to get some modern opinion about ( it has more to do with elctrodynamics but given the context I figured it fitted here)is the following:

"We therefore see that the Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics is quite incompatible with the existence of charges, unless it is supplemented by extraneous theoretical concepts".

I guess this has to do with the annoying problem of self-interaction that is confronted also by QFT.

Is this considered nowadays as a true inconsistence of classical electrodynamics?

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# Relativity and matter by Pauli

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