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Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime

Bain, Jonathan (2007) Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime. In: [2007] 15th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Leeds, 29-31 March 2007).

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    Abstract

    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)
    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
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] 15th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Leeds, 29-31 March 2007)
    Depositing User: Jonathan Bain
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3152
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3152

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