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Concepts of Symmetry in the Work of Wolfgang Pauli

Giulini, Domenico (2007) Concepts of Symmetry in the Work of Wolfgang Pauli. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    "Symmetry" was one of the most important methodological themes in 20th-century physics and is probably going to play no lesser role in physics of the 21st century. As used today, there are a variety of interpretations of this term, which differ in meaning as well as their mathematical consequences. Symmetries of crystals, for example, generally express a different kind of invariance than gauge symmetries, though in specific situations the distinctions may become quite subtle. I will review some of the various notions of "symmetry" and highlight some of their uses in specific examples taken from Pauli's scientific oevre. This paper is based on a talk given at the conference "Wolfgang Pauli's Philosophical Ideas and Contemporary Science", May 20.-25. 2007, at Monte Verita, Ascona, Switzerland.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Depositing User: Domenico Giulini
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3913
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3913

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