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The Meaning of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (I): From a simple classical model

Liu, Chuang (2002) The Meaning of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (I): From a simple classical model. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper, part I of a two-part project, aims at answering the simple question 'what is spontaneous symmetry breaking?' by analyzing from a philosophical perspective a simple classical model. Related questions include: what does it mean to break a symmetry spontaneously? Is the breaking causal, or is the symmetry not broken but merely hidden? Is the meta-principle, 'no asymmetry in, no asymmetry out,' violated? And what is the role in this of random perturbations (or fluctuations)?


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: spontaneous symmetry breaking, symmetry breaking, symmetry principle, symmetry, perturbation, equilibrium solution, ground state
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Depositing User: Chuang Liu
    Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 563
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/563

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