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Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale
Contemporary Theories in Quantum Gravity

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Craig Callendar, Nick Huggett, Jeremy Butterfield, Christopher Isham, Steven Weinstein, Carlo Rovelli, Edward Witten, Robert Weingard, William G. Unruh, John C. Baez, Julian B. Barbour, Gordon Belot, John Earman, Harvey R. Brown, Oliver Pooley, Sheldon Goldstein, Stefan Teufel, Roger Penrose, Joy Christian
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  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521662802

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  • The greatest challenge in fundamental physics attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a theory of "quantum gravity." The project suggests a profound revision of the notions of space, time and matter. It has become a key topic of debate and collaboration between physicists and philosophers. This volume collects classic and original contributions from leading experts in both fields for a provocative discussion of the issues. 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. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the profound implications of trying to marry the two most important theories in physics.

    • Was the first book on the exciting new area of overlap between philosophy and quantum gravity, and set to become the standard reference in the field
    • Contains chapters by the most eminent authorities in the field, including Witten, Penrose, Isham, Earman, Butterfield, Goldstein, and Unruh
    • Clearly lays out the philosophical dimensions of cutting-edge physics
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    '… a formidable survey of current research and future possibilities in theories of convergence of particle physics and gravity theory … recommended to ambitious undergraduate philosophy and physics students as well as graduate students …'. P. D. Skiff, Choice

    '… there is no better resource available to philosophers interested in quantum gravity than Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale … This volume is mandatory reading for anyone interested in how quantum theory and gravity collide.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

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    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521662802
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction Craig Callendar and Nick Huggett
    Part I. Theories of Quantum Gravity and their Philosophical Dimensions:
    2. Spacetime and the philosophical challenge of quantum gravity Jeremy Butterfield and Christopher Isham
    3. Naive quantum gravity Steven Weinstein
    4. Quantum spacetime: what do we know? Carlo Rovelli
    Part II. Strings:
    5. Reflections on the fate of spacetime Edward Witten
    6. A philosopher looks at string theory Robert Weingard
    7. Black holes, dumb holes, and entropy William G. Unruh
    Part III. Topological Quantum Field Theory:
    8. Higher-dimensional algebra and Planck scale physics John C. Baez
    Part IV. Quantum Gravity and the Interpretation of General Relativity:
    9. On general covariance and best matching Julian B. Barbour
    10. Pre-Socratic quantum gravity Gordon Belot and John Earman
    11. The origin of the spacetime metric: Bell's 'Lorentzian Pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity Harvey R. Brown and Oliver Pooley
    Part IV. Quantum Gravity and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics:
    12. Quantum spacetime without observers: ontological clarity and the conceptual foundations of quantum gravity Sheldon Goldstein and Stefan Teufel
    13. On gravity's role in quantum state reduction Roger Penrose
    14. Why the quantum must yield to gravity Joy Christian.

  • Editors

    Craig Callender

    Nick Huggett, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Contributors

    Craig Callendar, Nick Huggett, Jeremy Butterfield, Christopher Isham, Steven Weinstein, Carlo Rovelli, Edward Witten, Robert Weingard, William G. Unruh, John C. Baez, Julian B. Barbour, Gordon Belot, John Earman, Harvey R. Brown, Oliver Pooley, Sheldon Goldstein, Stefan Teufel, Roger Penrose, Joy Christian

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