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Symmetries in physics : philosophical reflections

Author: Katherine Brading; Elena Castellani
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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This book brings together current philosophical discussions of symmetry in physics, highlighting the main issues and controversies. It covers all the fundamental symmetries of modern physics, as well as discussing symmetry-breaking and general interpretational issues. For each topic, classic texts are followed by review articles and short commentaries.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Symmetries in physics.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2003041967
(OCoLC)51477907
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Brading; Elena Castellani
ISBN: 0511061870 9780511061875 0511070330 9780511070334 9780511535369 0511535368 1280430885 9781280430886
OCLC Number: 57300113
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 445 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Continuous Symmetries --
Classic texts: extracts from Weyl and Wigner --
On the significance of continuous symmetry to the foundations of physics / Christopher A. Martin --
The philosophical roots of the gauge principle: Weyl and transcendental phenomenological idealism / T.A. Ryckman --
Symmetries and Noether's theorems / Katherine Brading and Harvey R. Brown --
General covariance, gauge theories, and the Kretschmann objection / John D. Norton --
The interpretation of gauge symmetry / Michael Redhead --
Tracking down gauge: an ode to the constrained Hamiltonian formalism / John Earman --
Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism / David Wallace --
A fourth way to the Aharanov-Bohm effect / Aatigone M. Nounou --
Discrete Symmetries --
Classic texts: extracts from Lebniz, Kant and Black --
Understanding permutation symmetry / Steven French and Dean Rickles --
Quarticles and the identity of discernibles / Nick Huggett --
Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space / Oliver Pooley --
Mirror symmetry: what is it for a relational space to be orientable? / Nick Huggett --
Physics and Leibniz's principles / Simon Saunders --
Symmetry Breaking --
Classic texts: extracts from Curie and Weyl. Cross-fertilization in theoretical physics: the case of condensed matter and particle physics / Giovanni Jona-Lasinio --
On the meaning of symmetry breaking / Elena Castellani --
Rough guide to spontaneous symmetry breaking / John Earman --
Spontaneous symmetry breaking: theoretical arguments and philosophical problems / Margaret Morrison --
General Interpretative Issues --
Classic texts: extracts from Wigner --
Symmetry as a guide to superfluous theoretical structure / Jenann Ismael and Bas C. van Fraassen --
Notes on symmetries / Gordon Belot --
Symmetry, objectivity, and design / Peter Kosso --
Symmetry and equivalence / Elena Castellani.
Responsibility: edited by Katherine Brading and Elena Castellani.
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