Gravity and Gauge Theory

Publication Year:
1998
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/834
Author(s):
Weinstein, Steven
preprint description
Gauge theories are theories that are invariant under a characteristic group of "gauge" transformations. General relativity is invariant under transformations of the diffeomorphism group. This has prompted many philosophers and physicists to treat general relativity as a gauge theory, and diffeomorphisms as gauge transformations. I argue that this approach is misguided.