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When and how was the geometric understanding of gauge theories developed?

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The history of different constructions of tangent spaces

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Was Dirac really trying to take the square root of the Klein-Gordon operator?

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Where was the word "pencil" first used in (projective) geometry and what is the reason behind this curious name?

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What is the reason for the 'electromagnetism terminology' when discussing the conserved quantities found through Noether's theorem?

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Where can I find the original presentation of the proof, due to Grothendieck, of the $\bar\partial$-Poincaré lemma?

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How did the 'Poincaré patches' get their name?

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What is the origin of the term recombination?

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What was the historical importance of the discovery of high-$T_c$ superconductors?

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When did physicists start defining waves as 'solutions of a wave equation'?

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Who first wrote down $S^6$'s standard almost complex structure? And who first proved that it is not integrable?