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

Edited By: Daniele Oriti

604 pages, 15 halftones

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Mar 2009 | #179855 | ISBN-13: 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.


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. Levine;
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. Ambjorn, 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;

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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.

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