Quantum Gravity

Quantum Gravity

by Carlo Rovelli
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521715962

ISBN-13: 9780521715966

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Quantum gravity poses the problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, the two great conceptual revolutions in the physics of the twentieth century. The loop and spinfoam approach, presented in this book, is one of the leading research programs in the field. The first part of the book discusses the reformulation of the basis of classical and quantum

Overview

Quantum gravity poses the problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, the two great conceptual revolutions in the physics of the twentieth century. The loop and spinfoam approach, presented in this book, is one of the leading research programs in the field. The first part of the book discusses the reformulation of the basis of classical and quantum Hamiltonian physics required by general relativity. The second part covers the basic technical research directions. Appendices include a detailed history of the subject of quantum gravity, hard-to-find mathematical material, and a discussion of some philosophical issues raised by the subject. This fascinating text is ideal for graduate students entering the field, as well as researchers already working in quantum gravity. It will also appeal to philosophers and other scholars interested in the nature of space and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521715966
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Terminology and notation; Part I. Relativistic Foundations: 1. General ideas and heuristic picture; 2. General relativity; 3. Mechanics; 4. Hamiltonian general relativity; 5. Quantum mechanics; Part II. Loop Quantum Gravity: 6. Quantum space; 7. Dynamics and matter; 8. Applications; 9. Quantum spacetime: spinfoams; 10. Conclusion; Part III. Appendices: References; Index.

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