Interpreting mathematics in physics: Charting the applications of SU(2) in 20th century physics

@article{Anderson2006InterpretingMI,
  title={Interpreting mathematics in physics: Charting the applications of SU(2) in 20th century physics},
  author={Ronald Anderson and Girish C. Joshi},
  journal={Chaos Solitons \& Fractals},
  year={2006},
  volume={36},
  pages={397-404}
}
The role mathematics plays within physics has been of sustained interest for physicists as well as for philosophers and historians of science. We explore this topic by tracing the role the mathematical structure associated with SU(2) has played in three key episodes in 20th century physics – intrinsic spin, isospin, and gauge theory and electroweak unification. We also briefly consider its role in loop quantum gravity. Each episode has led to profound and new physical notions of a space other… Expand
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