Symmetry arguments in physics

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Physicists often appeal to the beauty of a theory as a way to judge its credibility, and the most prevalent component of this beauty is symmetry. This paper describes the role and structure of symmetry arguments in physics. It demonstrates that the epistemic authority of an appeal to symmetry is based on empirical evidence and is independent of any aesthetic judgment. Furthermore, symmetry in nature is not evidence of design. Just the opposite, symmetry indicates a lack of planning. It is about nature's disregard for details.
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DOI 10.1016/S0039-3681(99)00012-6
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James E. Martin (1989). Aesthetic Constraints on Theory Selection: A Critique of Laudan. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):357-364.

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Christopher A. Martin (2002). Gauge Principles, Gauge Arguments and the Logic of Nature. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2002 (3):S221-S234.

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