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Curie’s hazard: from electromagnetism to symmetry violation

Roberts, Bryan W. (2016) Curie’s hazard: from electromagnetism to symmetry violation. Erkenntnis, 81 (5). pp. 1011-1029. ISSN 0165-0106

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10670-015-9779-1

Abstract

Pierre Curie claimed that a symmetry of a cause must be found in the produced effects. This paper shows why this principle works in Curie’s example of the electrostatics of central fields, but fails in many others. The failure of Curie’s claim is then shown to be of special empirical interest, in that this failure underpins the experimental discovery of parity violation and of CP violation in the twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/10670
Additional Information: © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 12:39
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 03:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68307

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