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Weyl's search for a difference between `physical' and `mathematical' automorphisms

Scholz, Erhard (2016) Weyl's search for a difference between `physical' and `mathematical' automorphisms. [Preprint]

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Abstract

During his whole scientific life Hermann Weyl was fascinated by the interrelation of physical and mathematical theories. From the mid 1920s onward he reflected also on the typical difference between the two epistemic fields and tried to identify it by comparing their respective automorphism structures. In a talk given at the end of the 1940s (ETH, Hs 91a:31) he gave the most detailed and coherent discussion of his thoughts on this topic. This paper presents his arguments in the talk and puts it in the context of the later development of gauge theories.


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Scholz, Erhard
Additional Information: Based on a paper given at the Workshop "Weyl and the philosophy of the 'new physics'" organized by Silvia de Bianchi and Gabriel Catren, Paris Dec. 2014
Keywords: Weyl, pyhsical automorphisms, mathematical automorphisms, gauge group, general relativity
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr. Erhard Scholz
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 14:23
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 14:23
Item ID: 12276
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 11 July 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12276

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