Gauge Fields Quotes (1 quote)
In 1975, ... [speaking with Shiing Shen Chern], I told him I had finally learned ... the beauty of fiber-bundle theory and the profound Chern-Weil theorem. I said I found it amazing that gauge fields are exactly connections on fiber bundles, which the mathematicians developed without reference to the physical world. I added, this is both thrilling and puzzling, since you mathematicians dreamed up these concepts out of nowhere. He immediately protested: No, no. These concepts were not dreamed up. They were natural and real.