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  1. Antigone M. Nounou (forthcoming). Kinds of Objects and Varieties of Properties. In Elaine Landry & Dean Rickles (eds.), Structures, Objects and Causality. Springer.
    The modern debate around scientific structuralism has revealed the need to reassess the standing and role of both structure and objects in the metaphysics of physics. Ontic structural realism recommends that metaphysics be purged of objects. Nonetheless, its proponents have failed to specify what it means for properties to be relational and structural, and, consequently, to show how the elementary objects postulated by our best theories can be re-conceptualized in structural terms or altogether eliminated. In this paper, I draw from (...)
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  2. Bernar Gaveau, Antigone M. Nounou & Lawrence S. Schulman (2011). Homotopy and Path Integrals in the Time Dependent Aharonov-Bohm Effect. Foundations of Physics 41 (9):1462-1474.
    For time-independent fields the Aharonov-Bohm effect has been obtained by idealizing the coordinate space as multiply-connected and using representations of its fundamental homotopy group to provide information on what is physically identified as the magnetic flux. With a time-dependent field, multiple-connectedness introduces the same degree of ambiguity; by taking into account electromagnetic fields induced by the time dependence, full physical behavior is again recovered once a representation is selected. The selection depends on a single arbitrary time (hence the so-called holonomies (...)
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  3. Antigone M. Nounou (2010). Holonomy Interpretation and Time: An Incompatible Match? A Critical Discussion of R. Healey's Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories. Erkenntnis 72 (3):387 - 409.
    I argue that the Holonomy Interpretation, at least as it has been presented in Richard Healey’s Gauging What’s Real , faces serious problems. These problems are revealed when certain approximations and idealizations that are innate in the original formulation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect are thrust aside; in particular, when the temporal dimension is taken into account. There are two ways in which time re-appears in the picture: by considering complete solutions to the original problem, where the magnetic flux is (...)
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  4. Antigone M. Nounou (2010). Scientific Understanding and Colorful Quarks. Archives International d'Histoire des Sciences 60 (164):155-171.
    Scientific understanding comes in different kinds, and each kind comes in degrees. Two of these kinds are revealed by the examination of a recent episode from the history of physics: the making of the theory of strong interactions. The first of these kinds of understanding is associated with the realization that some mathematical formalism or theory may have a fruitful application to physical phenomena. This is what I call prior understanding. Yet another kind is associated with the development of the (...)
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  5. Antigone M. Nounou, Mauro Dorato, Sebastian Lutz, Stephan Hartmann, Talal A. Debs & Michael L. G. Redhead (2010). A New Perspective on Objectivity and Conventionalism. Metascience 19 (1):3-27.
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  6. Gordon Belot, John Earman, Richard Healey, Tim Maudlin, Antigone Nounou & Ward Struyve, Synopsis and Discussion: Philosophy of Gauge Theory.
    This document records the discussion between participants at the workshop "Philosophy of Gauge Theory," Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 18-19 April 2009.
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  7. Antigone M. Nounou (2005). On the Notion of Symmetry and the Role of its Structures in Quantum Field Theories. ΔΕΥΚΑΛΙΩΝ 23:323-344.
    Στις κβαντικές θεωρίες πεδίου, οι οποίες στην πιο ολοκληρωμένη τους μορφή εκφράζονται μέσω του μαθηματικού φορμαλισμού που ονομάζεται δεσμίδες ινών (fibre bundles), χρησιμοποιούνται εκτενώς η έννοια της συμμετρίας και η αλληλένδετη με αυτήν έννοια της διατήρησης. Ο στόχος του παρόντος άρθρου είναι η αποσαφήνιση του όρου συμμετρία, όπως αυτός εμφανίζεται στο εν λόγω πλαίσιο, καθώς και η εξέταση του ρόλου κάποιων συγκεκριμένων μαθηματικών δομών , οι οποίες εμφανίζονται ως αποτέλεσμα της χρήσης των συμμετριών, στην επιστημονική εξήγηση των φαινομένων που περιγράφονται (...)
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  8. Antigone M. Nounou (2003). A Fourth Way to the Aharonov-Bohm Effect. In Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries In Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press.
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  9. Antigone M. Nounou, One Real Gauge Potential is One Too Many.
    To single one out of the infinitely many, empirically indistinguishable gauge potentials of classical electrodynamics, and to deem it `more real' than the rest is not trivial. Only two routes are open to one who might attempt to do so. The first leads to a slippery slope: if one singles out a potential solely by requiring it to admit well behaved propagations, and on the strength of this behavior one subscribes to its reality, one inevitably subscribes to the reality of (...)
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