2009, English, Book, Illustrated edition: Symmetries in physics : Philosophical reflections.

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Symmetries in physics : Philosophical reflections
 
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Edition
  • Digitally printed version.
Published
  • Cambridge, u.k. ; New york : Cambridge university press, 2009.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Symmetries in physics : Philosophical reflections.
Other Authors
  • Brading, Katherine, 1970-
Edition
  • Digitally printed version.
Published
  • Cambridge, u.k. ; New york : Cambridge university press, 2009.
Summary
  • Symmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental physics, both in quantum theory and in relativity. This book presents a coliection of philosophy-of-physics papers, first compiled in 2003, and set in the context of extracts from seminal works by both physicists and philtosophers. It covers modern issues such as the significance of gauge symmetry, particle identity in quantum theory, how to make sense of parity violation, the role of symmetry-breaking and the empirical status of symmetry principles, along with more traditional problems in the philosophy of science. These include the status of the laws of nature, the relationships between mathematics, physical theory and the world, and the extent to which mathematics dictates physics. The book is structured into four sections, each with classic texts, review papers and short commentaries that survey the situation in the literature and highlight the main issues and controversies. The book aims to provide a general picture of these --
  • debates, along with a context and framework for future discussion and research in this field. Suitable for courses on the foundations of physics, philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, it is also a valuable reference for students and researchers in both physics and philosophy. --Book Jacket.
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction /​ Elena Castellani
  • pt. I Continuous symmetries
  • 2.Classic texts: extracts from Weyl and Wigner
  • Symmetry /​ Hermann Weyl
  • Symmetry and conservation laws /​ Eugene P. Wigner
  • Events, laws of nature, and invariance principles /​ Eugene P. Wigner
  • 3.On continuous symmetries and the foundations of modern physics /​ Christopher A. Martin
  • 4.The philosophical roots of the gauge principle: Weyl and transcendental phenomenological idealism /​ T.A. Ryckman
  • 5.Symmetries and Noether's theorems /​ Harvey R. Brown
  • 6.General covariance, gauge theories, and the Kretschmann objection /​ John D. Norton
  • 7.The interpretation of gauge symmetry /​ Michael Redhead
  • 8.Tracking down gauge: an ode to the constrained Hamiltonian formalism /​ John Earman
  • 9.Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism /​ David Wallace
  • 10.A fourth way to the Aharonov-Bohm effect /​ Antigone M. Nounou
  • Contents note continued: pt. II Discrete symmetries
  • 11.Classic texts: extracts from Leibniz, kant, and Black The Leibniz-Clarke correspondence /​ Gottfried W. Leibniz
  • Concerning the ultimate ground of the differentiation of directions in space. /​ Immanuel Kant
  • The identity of indiscernibles /​ Max Black
  • 12.Understanding permutation symmetry /​ Dean Rickles
  • 13.Quarticles and the identity of indiscernibles /​ Nick Huggett
  • 14.Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space /​ Oliver Pooley
  • 15.Mirror symmetry: what is it for a relational space to be orientable? /​ Nick Huggett
  • 16.Physics and Leibniz's principles /​ Simon Saunders
  • pt. III Symmetry breaking
  • 17.Classic texts: extracts from Curie and Weyl
  • On symmetry in physical phenomena, symmetry of an electric field and of a magnetic field /​ Pierre Curie
  • Contents note continued: 18.Cross fertilization in theoretical physics: the case of condensed matter and particle physics /​ Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
  • 19.On the meaning of symmetry breaking /​ Elena Castellani
  • 20.Rough guide to spontaneous symmetry breaking /​ John Earman
  • 21.Spontaneous symmetry breaking: theoretical arguments and philosophical problems /​ Margaret Morrison
  • pt. IV General interpretative issues
  • 22.Classic texts: extracts from /​ Wigner
  • Invariance in physical theory /​ Eugene P. Wigner
  • The role of invariance principles in natural philosophy /​ Eugene P. Wigner
  • 23.Symmetry as a guide to superfluous theoretical structure /​ Bas C. van Fraassen
  • 24.Notes on symmetries /​ Gordon Belot
  • 25.Symmetry, objectivity, and design /​ Peter Kosso
  • 26.Symmetry and equivalence /​ Elena Castellani.
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 9780521528894 (Paper)
  • 0521528895 (Paper)
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