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Symmetry and emergence

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In a modern understanding of particle physics, global symmetries are approximate and gauge symmetries may be emergent. This view, which has echoes in condensed-matter physics, is supported by a variety of arguments from experiment and theory.

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Research supported in part by NSF Grant PHY-1606531.

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  1. Edward Witten is at the School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA

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