Physics of the Universe, Fields and Gravitation


"It is my conviction that pure mathematical construction enables us to discover the concepts and the laws connecting them which give us the key to the understanding of the phenomena of Nature. Experience can of course guide us in our choice of serviceable mathematical concepts; it cannot possibly be the source from which they are derived; experience of course remains the sole criterion of the serviceability of a mathematical construction for physics, but the truly creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it to be true that pure thought is competent to comprehend the real, as the ancients dreamed."
A. Einstein, On the Method of Theoretical Physics, Herbert Spencer lecture delivered at Oxford on 10 June 1933, published in Mein Weltbild, Querido Verlag, Amsterdam 1934 and in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1934), p. 163.


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Selected recent publications of the unit:

  • Twisted gauge fields
    Jordan François
    [ arXiv:1907.08666]
  • Electromagnetic and color memory in even dimensions
    Andrea Campoleoni, Dario Francia and Carlo Heissenberg
    [ arXiv:1907.05187]
  • Theory for multiple partially massless spin-2 fields
    Nicolas Boulanger, Cédric Deffayet, Sebastian Garcia-Saenz and Lucas Traina
    [ arXiv:1906.03868]
  • Fronsdal fields from gauge functions in Vasiliev's higher-spin gravity
    David De Filippi, Carlo Iazeolla and Per Sundell
    [arXiv:1905.06325]
  • Cartan Connections and Atiyah Lie Algebroids
    Jeremy Attard, Jordan François, Serge Lazzarini and Thierry Masson
    [arXiv:1904.04915]