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  1. Andrea Cappelli, Elena Castellani, Filippo Colomo & Paolo Di Vecchia, The Birth of String Theory: Introduction and Synopsis.
    This is a draft of the introduction to the collective volume "The birth of string theory" (CUP, 2012), including the book's index and preface. The book explores the history of the theory’s early stages of development, as told by its main protagonists. It journeys from the first version of the theory (the so-called Dual Resonance Model) in the late 1960s, as an attempt to describe the physics of strong interactions outside the framework of quantum field theory, to its reinterpretation around (...)
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  2. Don Howard, Bas van Fraassen, Otávio Bueno, Elena Castellani, Laura Crosilla, Steven French & Décio Krause (2011). The Physics and Metaphysics of Identity and Individuality. Metascience 20 (2):225-251.
    The physics and metaphysics of identity and individuality Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9463-7 Authors Don Howard, Department of Philosophy and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA Bas C. van Fraassen, Philosophy Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA Otávio Bueno, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA Elena Castellani, Department of Philosophy, University of Florence, Via Bolognese 52, 50139 (...)
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  3. Elena Castellani (2010). Dualities and Intertheoretic Relations. In Mauricio Suarez, Mauro Dorato & Miklos Redei (eds.), Epsa Philosophical Issues in the Sciences. Springer. 9--19.
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  4. Elena Castellani, Dualities and Intertheoretic Relations.
    This is the first of two papers concerned with the philosophical significance of dualities as applied in recent fundamental physics. The general idea is that, for its peculiarity, this ‘new’ ingredient in theory construction can open unexpected perspectives in the current philosophical reflection on contemporary physics. In particular, today’s physical dualities represent an unusual type of intertheory relation, the meaning of which deserves to be investigated. The aim is to show how discussing this point brings into play, at the same (...)
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  5. Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (2005). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 19 (1).
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  6. Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani, Symmetries and Invariances in Classical Physics.
    Symmetry, intended as invariance with respect to a transformation (more precisely, with respect to a transformation group), has acquired more and more importance in modern physics. This Chapter explores in 8 Sections the meaning, application and interpretation of symmetry in classical physics. This is done both in general, and with attention to specific topics. The general topics include illustration of the distinctions between symmetries of objects and of laws, and between symmetry principles and symmetry arguments (such as Curie's principle), and (...)
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  7. Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.) (2003). Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press.
    Highlighting main issues and controversies, this book brings together current philosophical discussions of symmetry in physics to provide an introduction to the subject for physicists and philosophers. The contributors cover all the fundamental symmetries of modern physics, such as CPT and permutation symmetry, as well as discussing symmetry-breaking and general interpretational issues. Classic texts are followed by new review articles and shorter commentaries for each topic. Suitable for courses on the foundations of physics, philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, (...)
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  8. Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani (2003). Classic Texts: Extracts From Leibniz, Kant, and Black. In Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. 203.
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  9. Elena Castellani (2003). Symmetry and Equivalence. In Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. 425--436.
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  10. Elena Castellani, Dirac on Gauges and Constraints.
    This paper is devoted to examining the relevance of Dirac's view on the use of transformation theory and invariants in modern physics --- as it emerges from his 1930 book on quantum mechanics as well as from his later work on singular theories and constraints --- to current reflections on the meaning of physical symmetries, especially gauge symmetries.
     
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  11. Elena Castellani, On the Meaning of Symmetry Breaking.
    This is the review paper for the section III ("Symmetry breaking") of the volume "Symmetries in physics: philosophical reflections", Cambridge University Press, 2003, edited by Katherine A. Brading and Elena Castellani. The paper's sections are: 1. Preliminaries (I); 2. Symmetry breaking and Curie's analysis; 3. Preliminaries (II); 4. Symmetry breaking of physical laws (4.1. Explicit symmetry breaking; 4.2. Spontaneous symmetry breaking); 5. Symmetry breaking and philosophical questions.
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  12. Elena Castellani (2002). Reductionism, Emergence, and Effective Field Theories. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 33 (2):251-267.
    In recent years, a ''change in attitude'' in particle physics has led to our understanding current quantum field theories as effective field theories (EFTs). The present paper is concerned with the significance of this EFT approach, especially from the viewpoint of the debate on reductionism in science. In particular, I shall show how EFTs provide a new and interesting case study in current philosophical discussion on reduction, emergence, and inter-level relationships in general.
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  13. Elena Castellani (2002). Symmetry, Quantum Mechanics, and Beyond. Foundations of Science 7 (1-2):181-196.
    The relevance of symmetry to today's physics is a widely acknowledged fact. A significant part of recent physical inquiry – especially the physics concerned with investigating the fundamentalbuilding blocks of nature – is grounded on symmetry principles andtheir many and far-reaching consequences. But where these symmetries come from and what their real meaning is are open questions, at the center of a developing debate among physicists and philosophers of science. To tackle the problems arising in considering the symmetry issue is (...)
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  14. Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani, About the Oxford Symmetry Workshop and the Papers Posted Under That Heading.
    The papers posted under the heading 'Symmetries in Physics, New Reflections: Oxford Workshop, January 2001' were presented and discussed at the corresponding workshop. As the organisers, we give a brief summary of the purpose of the workshop, and list the talks and the participants.
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  15. Elena Castellani (2001). Rapporti interteor1ci E teorie di Campo effettive. In V. Fano, M. Stanzione & G. Tarozzi (eds.), Prospettive Della Logica E Della Filosofia Della Scienza. Rubettino. 153.
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  16. Elena Castellani & Peter Mittelstaedt (2000). Leibniz's Principle, Physics, and the Language of Physics. Foundations of Physics 30 (10):1587-1604.
    This paper is concerned with the problem of the validity of Leibniz's principle of the identity of indiscernibles in physics. After briefly surveying how the question is currently discussed in recent literature and which is the actual meaning of the principle for what concerns physics, we address the question of the physical validity of Leibniz's principle in terms of the existence of a sufficient number of naming predicates in the formal language of physics. This approach allows us to obtain in (...)
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  17. Roger Ariew, John Cottingham, Tom Sorrell, Richard J. Blackwell, Robert de Lucca, David Boucher, Bruce Haddock, Warren Breckman, Elena Castellani & Jules L. Coleman (1999). Appearance in This List Neither Guarantees nor Precludes a Future Review of the Book. Adamson, Jane, Freadman, Richard and Parker, David (Eds.), Renegotiating Ethics in Literature, Philosophy, and Theory, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 1999, Pp. 294,£ 35.00,£ 12.95. Annas, Julia, Platonic Ethics Old and New, Ithaca, New York, USA, Cornell Univer. [REVIEW] Mind 108:430.
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  18. Elena Castellani (1998). Galilean Particles: An Example of Constitution of Objects. In , Interpreting Bodies. Princeton University Press. 181--194.
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  19. Elena Castellani (ed.) (1998). Interpreting Bodies. Princeton University Press.
    The collection combines classic articles by Max Born, Werner Heisenberg, Hans Reichenbach, and Erwin Schrodinger with recent contributions, including several ...
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