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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 39 (3):511-531 (2008)
|Abstract||We analyze the geometric foundations of classical Yang-Mills theory by studying the relationships between internal relativity, locality, global/local invariance, and relationalism. Using the fiber bundle formulation of Yang-Mills theory, a precise definition of locality is proposed. We show that local gauge invariance -heuristically implemented by means of the gauge argument- is a necessary but not sufficient condition for establishing a relational theory of local internal motion. Finally, we analyze the conceptual meaning of BRST symmetry in terms of the invariance of the gauge fixed theory under general local gauge transformations.|
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