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Symmetries in physics: philosophical reflections
This is the table of contents and first chapter of "Symmetries in physics: philosophical reflections", edited by Katherine Brading and Elena Castellani, Cambridge University Press, 2003. As theExpand
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Are Gauge Symmetry Transformations Observable?
  • K. Brading, H. Brown
  • Mathematics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 2004
In a recent paper in this journal, Kosso ([2000]) discussed the observational status of continuous symmetries of physics. While we are in broad agreement with his approach, we disagree with hisExpand
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Which symmetry? Noether, Weyl, and conservation of electric charge
Abstract In 1918, Emmy Noether published a (now famous) theorem establishing a general connection between continuous ‘global’ symmetries and conserved quantities. In fact, Noether's paper containsExpand
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Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking
Physics: • translation symmetry: Conservation of momentum; • rotational symmetry: conservation of angular momentum; time invariance: conservation energy; invariance for Lorentz transformations of the speed of light, Einstein's relativity principle: special theory of relativity; independence of units: dimensional homogeneity, dimensional analysis, Buckingham's pi theorem, similarity theory; • independence of systems of units (basic units). Expand
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Symmetries and invariances in classical physics
Symmetry, intended as invariance with respect to a transformation (more precisely, with respect to a transformation group), has acquired more and more importance in modern physics. This ChapterExpand
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Symmetries and Noether's theorems
Introduction Emmy Noether's greatest contributions to science were in algebra, but for physicists her name will always be remembered for her paper of 1918 on an invariance problem in the calculus ofExpand
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Hilbert's 'Foundations of Physics': Gravitation and Electromagnetism Within the Axiomatic Method
Abstract In November and December 1915, Hilbert presented two communications to the Gottingen Academy of Sciences under the common title ‘The Foundations of Physics’. Versions of each eventuallyExpand
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Scientific Structuralism: Presentation and Representation
This paper explores varieties of scientific structuralism. Central to our investigation is the notion of ‘shared structure’. We begin with a description of mathematical structuralism and use this toExpand
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A fourth way to the Aharonov–Bohm effect
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Newton's law-constitutive approach to bodies: a response to Descartes
In his Principia Newton offers us a science of bodies in motion. Such a science has bodies as its subject-matter, but what are these bodies? In this paper I outline the ‘problem of bodies’ as NewtonExpand
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