Symmetries in Physics
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Symmetries in Physics by Katherine Brading
Book DescriptionSymmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental physics, both in quantum theory and in relativity. This book presents a collection of philosophy-on-physics papers, highlighting the main issues and controversies, and providing an entry into the subject for both physicists and philosophers. It covers topical 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, the empirical status of symmetry principles, and so forth, 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. A valuable reference for students and researchers, it will also be of interest to those studying the foundations of physics, philosophy of physics and philosophy of science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521821377
(247mm x 174mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Katherine Brading
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This book brings together philosophical discussions of symmetry in physics, highlighting the main issues and controversies.
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Author Biography - Katherine Brading
Katherine Brading is Junior Research Fellow in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford. Elena Castellani is a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Florence.
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