Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

  • Geoffrey M. Dixon
Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAIA, volume 290)


Of the positive attributes of model building with T, rigidity ranks high on the list. The ability to mirror the structural features of our physical reality with flexible mathematics bespeaks more the talents of the model builder than any fundamental connection of the mathematics to reality. To lay claim to such a connection a mathematical idea must, in my opinion, satisfy at least the three qualities that so distinguish T: selectness; inflexibility; and consistency with those aspects of physical reality it is intended to explicate. This chapter should highlight these qualities.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey M. Dixon
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  1. 1.Brandeis UniversityUSA

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