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Frank Arntzenius

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696604.001.0001

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 Gauge theories and fibre-bundle spaces

 Gauge theories and fibre-bundle spaces

(p.183) 6 Gauge theories and fibre-bundle spaces
Space, Time, and Stuff

Frank Arntzenius

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the implications of gauge theories for our conception of properties, and for the reality of fibre-bundle spaces. One way of understanding such theories is to claim that the only way in which properties at different locations can be compared is to ‘drag’ these properties to one and the same location, and then locally compare them. Tim Maudlin has argued that this means that we have to throw out the standard conception of what properties are: features that objects at different locations either share or do not share. This chapter argues that no such radical revision is justified: once one understands why fibre bundle spaces are existing physical objects one will find that all fundamental properties and relations will be such that path-independent sense can be made of their identity and difference at distant locations.

Keywords:   fibre bundle spaces, gauge theories, properties

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