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Symmetry pp 271-316 | Cite as

Symmetries and symmetry breakings in inanimate nature

The generalization of the concept of symmetry in physics

Abstract

If we still have any illusions left about the symmetric arrangement of the world, the world-view of physics will be enough to demolish them. The investigation of periodic phenomena briefly raised our hopes that the world might be arranged in a harmonic fashion. A deeper awareness of the physical structure of matter and its laws of motion questions the faith we have placed in the supremacy of symmetry. Is it possible that our belief in the beautiful, harmonious order of the cosmos was just an illusion, after all?

Keywords

Symmetry Breaking Electric Charge Lorentz Transformation Baryon Number Invariance Principle 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag AG 2007

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