title: How Weyl stumbled across electricity while pursuing mathematical justice
creator: Afriat, Alexander
subject: Mathematics
subject: Symmetries/Invariances
subject: Relativity Theory
subject: Physics
subject: History of Science Case Studies
description: It is argued that Weyl’s theory of gravitation and electricity came out of ‘mathematical justice’: out of the equal rights direction and length. Such mathematical justice was manifestly at work in the context of discovery, and is enough (together with a couple of simple and natural operations) to derive all of source-free electromagnetism. Weyl’s repeated references to coordinates and gauge are taken to express equal treatment of direction and length.
date: 2008-03
type: Preprint
type: NonPeerReviewed
format: application/pdf
identifier: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/3966/1/Weyl1918.pdf
identifier: Afriat, Alexander (2008) How Weyl stumbled across electricity while pursuing mathematical justice. [Preprint]
relation: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/3966/