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Gauging What's RealThe Conceptual Foundations of Gauge Theories$
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Richard Healey

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287963.001.0001

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What is a gauge theory?

What is a gauge theory?

(p.1) 1 What is a gauge theory?
Gauging What's Real

Richard Healey (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains what is meant by a gauge theory. It states the origins of the term ‘gauge’, and describes the prominent role of gauge theories in contemporary physics. Using the theory of electromagnetism as a paradigm example of a gauge theory, it motivates and illustrates the use of the mathematics of fiber bundles in the analysis of gauge theories.

Keywords:   electromagnetism, fiber bundle, contemporary physics, mathematics

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