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Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime

Bain, Jonathan (2007) Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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This essay considers the prospects of modeling spacetime as a phenomenon that emerges in the low-energy limit of a quantum liquid. It evaluates three examples of spacetime analogues in condensed matter systems that have appeared in the recent physics literature, and suggests how they might lend credence to an epistemological structural realist interpretation of spacetime that emphasizes topology over symmetry in the accompanying notion of structure.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Bain, Jonathan
Keywords: spacetime, condensed matter, effective field theory, emergence, structural realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Jonathan Bain
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3152

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