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Approaches to Quantum Gravity
Toward a New Understanding of Space, Time and Matter

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C. Rovelli, G 't Hooft, R. Sorkin, J. Stachel, N. Savvidou, L. Crane, O. Dreyer, R. Percacci, F. Markopoulou, G. Horowitz, J. Polchinski, T. Banks, W. Taylor, T. Thiemann, E. LIvine, A. Perez, L. Freidel, D. Oriti, J. Ambjørn, J. Jurkiewicz, R. Loll, R. Williams, R. Gambini, J. Pullin, J. Henson, G. Amelino-Camelia, C. Burgess, S. Majid, J. Kowalski-Glikman, F. Girelli, J. Collins, A. Perez, D. Sudarsky, L. Smolin
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860451

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  • The theory of quantum gravity promises a revolutionary new understanding of gravity and spacetime, valid from microscopic to cosmological distances. Research in this field involves an exciting blend of rigorous mathematics and bold speculations, foundational questions and technical issues. Containing contributions from leading researchers in this field, this book presents the fundamental issues involved in the construction of a quantum theory of gravity and building up a quantum picture of space and time. It introduces the most current approaches to this problem, and reviews their main achievements. Each part ends in questions and answers, in which the contributors explore the merits and problems of the various approaches. This book provides a complete overview of this field from the frontiers of theoretical physics research for graduate students and researchers.

    • Presents the fundamental issues involved in the construction of a quantum theory of gravity and building up a quantum picture of space and time
    • Contains question and answer sections, in which the contributors explore the merits and problems of the various approaches
    • A complete overview of this field from leading researchers at the frontiers of theoretical physics research
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860451
    • length: 604 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.34kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Fundamental Ideas and General Formalisms:
    1. Unfinished revolution C. Rovelli
    2. The fundamental nature of space and time G. 't Hooft
    3. Does locality fail at intermediate length scales R. Sorkin
    4. Prolegomena to any future quantum gravity J. Stachel
    5. Spacetime symmetries in histories canonical gravity N. Savvidou
    6. Categorical geometry and the mathematical foundations of quantum gravity L. Crane
    7. Emergent relativity O. Dreyer
    8. Asymptotic safety R. Percacci
    9. New directions in background independent quantum gravity F. Markopoulou
    Questions and answers
    Part II:
    10. Gauge/gravity duality G. Horowitz and J. Polchinski
    11. String theory, holography and quantum gravity T. Banks
    12. String field theory W. Taylor
    Questions and answers
    Part III:
    13. Loop Quantum Gravity T. Thiemann
    14. Covariant loop quantum gravity? E. LIvine
    15. The spin foam representation of loop quantum gravity A. Perez
    16. 3-dimensional spin foam quantum gravity L. Freidel
    17. The group field theory approach to quantum gravity D. Oriti
    Questions and answers
    Part IV. Discrete Quantum Gravity:
    18. Quantum gravity: the art of building spacetime J. Ambjørn, J. Jurkiewicz and R. Loll
    19. Quantum Regge calculations R. Williams
    20. Consistent discretizations as a road to quantum gravity R. Gambini and J. Pullin
    21. The causal set approach to quantum gravity J. Henson
    Questions and answers
    Part V. Effective Models and Quantum Gravity Phenomenology:
    22. Quantum gravity phenomenology G. Amelino-Camelia
    23. Quantum gravity and precision tests C. Burgess
    24. Algebraic approach to quantum gravity II: non-commutative spacetime F. Girelli
    25. Doubly special relativity J. Kowalski-Glikman
    26. From quantum reference frames to deformed special relativity F. Girelli
    27. Lorentz invariance violation and its role in quantum gravity phenomenology J. Collins, A. Perez and D. Sudarsky
    28. Generic predictions of quantum theories of gravity L. Smolin
    Questions and answers
    Index.

  • Editor

    Daniele Oriti, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Daniele Oriti is a Researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University, Netherlands, working on non-perturbative quantum gravity, having previously worked at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. He is well known for his results on spin foam models, and is among the leading researchers in the group field theory approach to quantum gravity.

    Contributors

    C. Rovelli, G 't Hooft, R. Sorkin, J. Stachel, N. Savvidou, L. Crane, O. Dreyer, R. Percacci, F. Markopoulou, G. Horowitz, J. Polchinski, T. Banks, W. Taylor, T. Thiemann, E. LIvine, A. Perez, L. Freidel, D. Oriti, J. Ambjørn, J. Jurkiewicz, R. Loll, R. Williams, R. Gambini, J. Pullin, J. Henson, G. Amelino-Camelia, C. Burgess, S. Majid, J. Kowalski-Glikman, F. Girelli, J. Collins, A. Perez, D. Sudarsky, L. Smolin

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