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Some Remarks on Rovelli's "Why Gauge?"

Teh, Nicholas (2013) Some Remarks on Rovelli's "Why Gauge?". [Preprint]

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Rovelli's "Why Gauge?" offers a parable to show that gauge-dependent quantities have a modal and relational physical significance. We subject the morals of this parable to philosophical scrutiny and argue that, while his overarching point stands, there are subtle disanalogies between his parable and our best gauge theories, e.g. Yang-Mills theory and General Relativity.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Teh, Nicholasnjywt2@cam.ac.uk
Keywords: philosophy of gauge theory, Yang-Mills, physical significance of gauge-dependence
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr Nicholas Teh
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 11:59
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 11:59
Item ID: 10050
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 17 October 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10050

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