Richard healey gauging whats real the conceptual foundations of contemporary gauge theories oxford oxford university press 2007 240 pp 9900 cloth this well researched and authoritative book provides much material for philosophers of physics to discuss and debate it is significant in par ticular for the attention it gives to non abelian yang mills gauge theories the theories . Gauging whats real describes the representations provided by gauge theories in both classical and quantum physics richard healey defends the thesis that gauge transformations are purely formal symmetries of almost all the classes of representations provided by each of our theories of fundamental forces he argues that evidence for classical gauge theories of forces other than gravity gives . Gauging whats real the conceptual foundations of gauge theories i loved this book it is not an easy read but it is deeply rewarding an important monograph and a useful reference all in one its 2008 lakatos prize was well earned. Gauge theories have provided our best representations of the fundamental forces of nature but a representation may be successfully employed even without a clear understanding of how it works this book seeks such understanding so that we are able to say what kind of world our gauge theories reveal to us a gauge theorys representations are mathematical structures that may be transformed
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