Symmetries as by-products of conserved quantities

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There is general consensus among physicists in considering symmetries as a source of conserved quantities, a conclusion allegedly supported by Emmy Noether's theorems. Recently it has been pointed out that no arrow of explanation can be extracted from Noether's work, and there are also criticisms against the priority of particular symmetries over specific conserved quantities under Noether's ideas, but there are no general arguments against the aforementioned consensus, nor proposals promoting an explanation that leads from conserved quantities to symmetries. In this paper a general argument is built which favours conserved quantities over symmetries inasmuch as the presence of the former seems to allow (i.e. it seems to be a sufficient condition leading to) symmetrical descriptions.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)358-368
Número de páginas11
PublicaciónStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volumen52
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 nov 2015
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