Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale: Contemporary Theories in Quantum Gravity / Edition 1

Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale: Contemporary Theories in Quantum Gravity / Edition 1

by Craig Callender
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521664454

ISBN-13: 9780521664455

Pub. Date: 03/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The greatest challenge in fundamental physics attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a theory of "quantum gravity." This volume collects classic and original contributions from leading experts in both fields for a provocative discussion of the subject. It contains accessible introductions to the main and less-well-known known approaches to…  See more details below

Overview

The greatest challenge in fundamental physics attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a theory of "quantum gravity." This volume collects classic and original contributions from leading experts in both fields for a provocative discussion of the subject. It contains accessible introductions to the main and less-well-known known approaches to quantum gravity. It includes exciting topics such as the fate of spacetime in various theories, the so-called "problem of time" in canonical quantum gravity, black hole thermodynamics, and the relationship between the interpretation of quantum theory and quantum gravity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521664455
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Spacetime and the philosophical challenge of quantum gravity33
3Naive quantum gravity90
4Quantum spacetime: What do we know?101
5Reflections on the fate of spacetime125
6A philosopher looks at string theory138
7Black holes, dumb holes, and entropy152
8Higher-dimensional algebra and Planck scale physics177
9On general covariance and best matching199
10Pre-Socratic quantum gravity213
11The origin of the spacetime metric: Bell's 'Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity256
12Quantum spacetime without observers: Ontological clarity and the conceptual foundations of quantum gravity275
13On gravity's role in quantum state reduction290
14Why the quantum must yield to gravity305
References339
Notes on contributors357
Index361

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