Geometrizing Physics

Thomas Ryckman

in The Reign of Relativity

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177176
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835324 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Geometrizing Physics

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It is shown how Eddington’s 1921 generalization of Weyl’s theory of gravitation and electromagnetism stemmed from similar transcendental idealist epistemological concerns. While Eddington’s affine field theory served as a template for numerous attempts within Einstein’s own unified field theory program, Eddington’s understanding of a geometrized physics remained epistemological in origin and motivation, seeking to provide a graphical representation of the most general conditions of possible experience of a world constructed from the point of view of “no one in particular.” This represents Eddington’s belief that local symmetries have a particularly important constitutive role in fundamental physical theory.

Keywords: Arthur Eddington; Weyl’s theory of gravitation and electromagnetism; affine field theory; Albert Einstein; unified field theory; geometrized physics; local symmetries; constitutive; fundamental physical theory

Chapter.  8798 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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