Foundations of Space and Time

Foundations of Space and Time : Reflections on Quantum Gravity

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After almost a century, the field of quantum gravity remains as difficult and inspiring as ever. Today, it finds itself a field divided, with two major contenders dominating: string theory, the leading exemplification of the covariant quantization program; and loop quantum gravity, the canonical scheme based on Dirac's constrained Hamiltonian quantization. However, there are now a number of other innovative schemes providing promising new avenues. Encapsulating the latest debates on this topic, this book details the different approaches to understanding the very nature of space and time. It brings together leading researchers in each of these approaches to quantum gravity to explore these competing possibilities in an open way. Its comprehensive coverage explores all the current approaches to solving the problem of quantum gravity, addressing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, to give researchers and graduate students an up-to-date view of the field.show more

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  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139367994
  • 9781139367998

Table of contents

1. The problem with quantum gravity Jeff Murugan, Amanda Weltman and George F. R. Eliis; 2. A dialogue on the nature of gravity Thanu Padmanabhan; 3. Effective theories and modifications of gravity Cliff Burgess; 4. The small scale structure of spacetime Steve Carlip; 5. Ultraviolet divergences in supersymmetric theories Kellog Stelle; 6. Cosmological quantum billiards Axel Kleinschmidt and Hermann Nicolai; 7. Progress in RNS string theory and pure spinors Dimitri Polyakov; 8. Recent trends in superstring phenomenology Massimo Bianchi; 9. Emergent spacetime Robert de Mello Koch and Jeff Murugan; 10. Loop quantum gravity Hanno Sahlmann; 11. Loop quantum gravity and cosmology Martin Bojowald; 12. The microscopic dynamics of quantum space as a group field theory Daniele Oriti; 13. Causal dynamical triangulations and the quest for quantum gravity Jan Ambjorn, J. Jurkiewicz and Renate Loll; 14. Proper time is stochastic time in 2D quantum gravity Jan Ambjorn, Renate Loll, Y. Watabiki, W. Westra and S. Zohren; 15. Logic is to the quantum as geometry is to gravity Rafael Sorkin; 16. Causal sets: discreteness without symmetry breaking Joe Henson; 17. The Big Bang, quantum gravity, and black-hole information loss Roger Penrose; Index.show more

About Jeff Murugan

Jeff Murugan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and a member of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, University of Cape Town. He is interested in all aspects of gravity and is currently working on string theory and connections between gauge theories and gravity. Amanda Weltman is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and a member of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, University of Cape Town. She works in the exciting bridging areas of string cosmology studying physical ways to test string theory within the context of cosmology. George F. R. Ellis is Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics and Honorary Research Associate in the Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town. He works on general relativity theory, cosmology, complex systems, and the way physics underlies the functioning of the human brain.show more

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'Encapsulating the latest debates, this book details the different approaches to understanding the nature of space and time. It brings together leading researchers to explore in a comprehensive coverage all of the current approaches to solving the problems of quantum gravity, addressing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, to give researchers and graduate students an up-to-date view of the world.' CERN Couriershow more

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