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Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Gauge Theories

Richard Healey


Gauge theories have provided our best representations of the fundamental forces of nature. But a representation may be successfully employed even without a clear understanding of how it works. This book seeks such understanding, so that we are able to say what kind of world our gauge theories reveal to us. A gauge theory's representations are mathematical structures that may be transformed while certain features remain the same. Do representations related by such a gauge transformation merely offer alternative perspectives on the same situation? If so, then gauge symmetry is a purely formal pr ... More

Keywords: gauge, representation, symmetry, loop, classical, quantum, theory, force, field, Standard Model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Healey, author
University of Arizona
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