Due to several threads, recent thinking and book readings, suggesting the the concept of "symmetry" itself, as well as the concept of "continuum" are somehow related to a key problem. I asked myself the question about the original line of reasoning of the introduction of symmetry historically.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

While I am interested in many things, noone can read everything. And here I was lead to something where I have not read anything.

Woit seems to argue in his book, that Weyl's formalism was key to development of quantum theory, but also that some of the contemporary physicists, Dirac included, had a hard time understanding his reasoning.

Then I found that Weyl has written two books, that from the titles sound interesting. Touching not only the foundations of physical, but also mathematics.

The Continuum: A Critical Examination of the Foundation of Analysis

-- https://www.amazon.com/Continuum-Critical-Examination-Foundation-Analysis/dp/0486679829

and

Symmetry

-- https://www.amazon.com/Symmetry-Her...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228578775&sr=1-1

I have not (yet) read any of them.

I am just curious if anyone on here read this, and could give a short review, what Weyl original reasoning might suggest about the current state of physics?

Also are these books worth reading? I just found these today, and several interesting question popped up just from the apperance of the titles.

/Fredrik

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# Weyl's take on symmetry and the continuum

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