Are Gauge Symmetry Transformations Observable?

@article{Brading2004AreGS,
  title={Are Gauge Symmetry Transformations Observable?},
  author={Katherine A. Brading and H. Brown},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={55},
  pages={645 - 665}
}
  • Katherine A. Brading, H. Brown
  • Published 2004
  • Mathematics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 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 his analysis. In the discussion of the status of gauge symmetry, a set of examples offered by 't Hooft ([1980]) has influenced several philosophers, including Kosso; in all cases the interpretation of the examples is mistaken. In this paper, we present our preferred approach to the empirical significance of… CONTINUE READING
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