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Symmetries in Physics

Symmetries in Physics
Philosophical Reflections

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H. Weyl, E. P. Wigner, C. Martin, T. Ryckman, K. A. Brading, H. R. Brown, J. Norton, M. Redhead, J. Earman, D. Wallace, A. Nounou, G. W. Leibniz, I. Kant, M. Black, S. French, D. Rickles, N. Huggett, O. Pooley, N. Huggett, S. Saunders, P. Curie, H. Weyl, G. Jona-Lasinio, E. Castellani, J. Earman, M. Morrison, E. P. Wigner, I. Jenann, B. van Fraassen, G. Belot, P. Kosso
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821377

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  • Highlighting main issues and controversies, this book brings together current philosophical discussions of symmetry in physics to provide an introduction to the subject for physicists and philosophers. The contributors cover all the fundamental symmetries of modern physics, such as CPT and permutation symmetry, as well as discussing symmetry-breaking and general interpretational issues. Classic texts are followed by new review articles and shorter commentaries for each topic. Suitable for courses on the foundations of physics, philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, the volume is a valuable reference for students and researchers.

    • Written by leading researchers in the field
    • Addresses important issues in physics, from a philosophical point of view
    • Covers more recent research as well as classic ideas
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    "Will be useful not only as a reference work for researchers, but also as a valuable resource for a graduate couse in the foundation and philosophy of modern physics." Contemporary Physics, P. Mainwood

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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821377
    • length: 458 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 182 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.082kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Copyright acknowledgements
    List of contributors
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Continuous Symmetries:
    2. Classic texts: extracts from Weyl and Wigner
    3. Review paper: On the significance of continuous symmetry to the foundations of physics C. Martin
    4. The philosophical roots of the gauge principle: Weyl and transcendental phenomenological idealism T. Ryckman
    5. Symmetries and Noether's theorems K. A. Brading and H. R. Brown
    6. General covariance, gauge theories, and the Kretschmann objection J. Norton
    7. The interpretation of gauge symmetry M. Redhead
    8. Tracking down gauge: an ode to the constrained Hamiltonian formalism J. Earman
    9. Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism D. Wallace
    10. A fourth way to the Aharanov-Bohm effect A. Nounou
    Part II. Discrete Symmetries:
    11. Classic texts: extracts from Lebniz, Kant and Black
    12. Review paper: Understanding permutation symmetry S. French and D. Rickles
    13. Quarticles and the identity of discernibles N. Hugget
    14. Review paper: Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space O. Pooley
    15. Mirror symmetry: what is it for a relational space to be orientable? N. Huggett
    16. Physics and Leibniz's principles S. Saunders
    Part III. Symmetry Breaking:
    17: Classic texts: extracts from Curie and Weyl
    18. Extract from G. Jona-Lasinio: Cross-fertilization in theoretical physics: the case of condensed matter and particle physics G. Jona-Lasinio
    19. Review paper: On the meaning of symmetry breaking E. Castellani
    20. Rough guide to spontaneous symmetry breaking J. Earman
    21. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: theoretical arguments and philosophical problems M. Morrison
    Part IV. General Interpretative Issues:
    22. Classic texts: extracts from Wigner
    23. Symmetry as a guide to superfluous theoretical structure J. Ismael and B. van Fraassen
    24. Notes on symmetries G. Belot
    25. Symmetry, objectivity, and design P. Kosso
    26. Symmetry and equivalence E. Castellani.

  • Editors

    Katherine Brading, Wolfson College, Oxford

    Elena Castellani, Università degli Studi, Florence

    Contributors

    H. Weyl, E. P. Wigner, C. Martin, T. Ryckman, K. A. Brading, H. R. Brown, J. Norton, M. Redhead, J. Earman, D. Wallace, A. Nounou, G. W. Leibniz, I. Kant, M. Black, S. French, D. Rickles, N. Huggett, O. Pooley, N. Huggett, S. Saunders, P. Curie, H. Weyl, G. Jona-Lasinio, E. Castellani, J. Earman, M. Morrison, E. P. Wigner, I. Jenann, B. van Fraassen, G. Belot, P. Kosso

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