|Symmetries: Symmetry is an expression for the invariance of properties that are subjected to transformation such as mirroring, rotation, or displacement or repetition. Applied to theories and systems, the presence of symmetries makes greater simplicity possible._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
Invariance/physics/Field: only the invariant (e.g. under Galilean transformation) properties are physically relevant. - E.g. gravitational potential: here the laws are not generally invariant under reflection. - Then we need a predicate "Grav-Less" to formulate the laws nominalistically._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980
"Realism and Relativism", The Journal of Philosophy, 76 (1982), pp. 553-67
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994