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Universal Algebra and Physics?

  1. Apr 21, 2014 #1
    I was wondering if universal algebra had any applications in physics. I've done some searches and people have mentioned uses in theoretical computer science but how about in any branch of physics?
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  3. Apr 21, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Universal Algebra is a field of mathematics which studies the structures of algebra themselves.
    Physics treats Algebras as a set of tools.

    Thus Universal algebra is not used directly - but it's results are.

    Considering this, I suspect you will want to make your question more specific.
  4. Apr 22, 2014 #3


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    I know very little about universal algebra. Isn't it used just to do things like prove multiple results from abstract algebra with a single calculation? In that case, we don't really learn anything useful from it that couldn't also have been obtained directly from abstract algebra.
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