Symmetry arguments in physics

Abstract
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.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1016/S0039-3681(99)00012-6
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,141
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Laws and Symmetry.Bas C. Van Fraassen - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
Aesthetic Constraints on Theory Selection: A Critique of Laudan.James E. Martin - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):357-364.
Fundamental Manifestations of Symmetry in Physics.Joe Rosen - 1990 - Foundations of Physics 20 (3):283-307.

View all 6 references / Add more references

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

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

46 ( #112,382 of 2,163,617 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #348,040 of 2,163,617 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums