Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Bob Batterman
Ohio State University

"Falling Cats, Parallel Parking, and Polarized Light"

This paper addresses issues surrounding the concept of geometric phase or "anholonomy". Certain physical phenomena apparently require for their explanation and understanding, reference to toplogocial/geometric features of some abstract space of parameters. These issues are related to the question of how gauge structures are to be interpreted and whether or not the debate over their "reality" is really going to be fruitful.

Friday, November 22, 2002
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served