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Dirac on Gauges and Constraints

Castellani, Elena (2002) Dirac on Gauges and Constraints. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper is devoted to examining the relevance of Dirac's view on the use of transformation theory and invariants in modern physics --- as it emerges from his 1930 book on quantum mechanics as well as from his later work on singular theories and constraints --- to current reflections on the meaning of physical symmetries, especially gauge symmetries.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: symmetry, gauges, constraints, equivalence, arbitrariness
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Elena Castellani
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 903
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/903

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