Practical Unification of Solid-State and Particle Physics in the Construction of the Higgs Mechanism

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Abstract

A number of philosophical accounts have been offered as to what sort of unification exists between the electromagnetic and weak interactions in the Glashow-Weinberg-Salam electroweak theory of elementary particle physics. In this paper, unlike the previous studies, I seek to address how “unity” in science might be interpreted in view of the construction process of the Higgs mechanism, which was a decisive step in the construction of the electroweak theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEPSA11
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science
EditorsDennis Dieks, Vassilios Karakostas
PublisherSpringer
Pages253-264
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-01306-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-01305-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, ESPA 2011 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 Oct 20118 Oct 2011
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameThe European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Volume2

Conference

Conference3rd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association, ESPA 2011
Abbreviated titleESPA
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period5/10/118/10/11

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