JB Manchak and Jim Weatherall

But when it comes to abstract ideas, how do we evaluate them? Philosophers from UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine examine how to weigh scientific theories' complexity by comparing their underlying mathematics in a new paper. They aim to characterize a theory's structure by using symmetry — or the aspects of an object that remain the same when other changes are made.

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