Galileo’s Gauge: Understanding the Empirical Significance of Gauge Symmetry

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Philosophy of Science, ISSN: 0031-8248, Vol: 83, Issue: 1, Page: 93-118

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Nicholas J. Teh
University of Chicago Press; University of Chicago
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This article investigates and resolves the question whether gauge symmetry can display analogs of the famous Galileo’s ship scenario. In doing so, it builds on and clarifies the work of Greaves andWallace (“Empirical Consequences of Symmetries”) on this subject.