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Physics meets philosophy at the Planck scale : contemporary theories in quantum gravity / edited by Craig Callender, Nick Huggett.

Contributor(s): Callender, Craig, 1968- | Huggett, NickMaterial type: TextTextPublication details: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001. Description: 1 online resource (x, 365 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0511040652; 9780511040658; 9780511612909; 0511612907; 9780511033827; 0511033826; 9780511049064; 0511049064; 1280420987; 9781280420986Subject(s): Quantum gravity | Gravité quantique | SCIENCE -- Physics -- Mathematical & Computational | Quantum gravity | Gravitationstheorie | Philosophie | Quantentheorie | Kwantumgravitatie | Filosofie | MECÂNICA QUÂNTICAGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Physics meets philosophy at the Planck scale.DDC classification: 530.15/3 LOC classification: QC178 | .P48 2001ebOther classification: 33.21 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Introduction / Craig Callender and Nick Huggett -- Part 1 -- Theories of quantum gravity and their philosophical dimensions -- Spacetime and the philosophical challenge of quantum gravity / Jeremy Butterfield and Christopher Isham -- Naive quantum gravity / Stephen Weinstein -- Quantum spacetime : What do we know? / Carlo Rovelli -- Part II -- Strings -- Reflections on the fate of spacetime / Edward Witten -- A philosopher looks at string theory / Robert Weingard -- Black holes, dumb holes, and entropy / William G. Unruh -- Part III -Topological quantum field theory -- Higher-dimensional algebra and Planck scale physics / John C. Baez -- Part IV -- Quantum gravity and the interpretation of general relativity -- On general covariance and best matching / Julien B. Barbour -- Pre-Socratic quantum gravity / Gorbon Belot and John Earman -- The origin of the spacetime metric : Bell's 'Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity / Harvey R. Brown and Oliver Pooley -- Part V -- Quantum gravity and the interpretation of quantum mechanics -- Quantum spacetime without observers : Onto logical clarity and the conceptual foundations of quantum gravity / Sheldon Goldstein and Stefan Teufel -- On gravity's role in quantum state reduction / Roger Penrose -- Why the quantum must yield to gravity / Joy Christian.
Summary: Collects classic and original contributions from leading experts to discuss one of the greatest challenges in fundamental physics: how quantum mechanics and general relativity can be reconciled in a theory of 'quantum gravity'. A key topic of debate and collaboration between physicists and philosophers.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-356) and index.

Introduction / Craig Callender and Nick Huggett -- Part 1 -- Theories of quantum gravity and their philosophical dimensions -- Spacetime and the philosophical challenge of quantum gravity / Jeremy Butterfield and Christopher Isham -- Naive quantum gravity / Stephen Weinstein -- Quantum spacetime : What do we know? / Carlo Rovelli -- Part II -- Strings -- Reflections on the fate of spacetime / Edward Witten -- A philosopher looks at string theory / Robert Weingard -- Black holes, dumb holes, and entropy / William G. Unruh -- Part III -Topological quantum field theory -- Higher-dimensional algebra and Planck scale physics / John C. Baez -- Part IV -- Quantum gravity and the interpretation of general relativity -- On general covariance and best matching / Julien B. Barbour -- Pre-Socratic quantum gravity / Gorbon Belot and John Earman -- The origin of the spacetime metric : Bell's 'Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity / Harvey R. Brown and Oliver Pooley -- Part V -- Quantum gravity and the interpretation of quantum mechanics -- Quantum spacetime without observers : Onto logical clarity and the conceptual foundations of quantum gravity / Sheldon Goldstein and Stefan Teufel -- On gravity's role in quantum state reduction / Roger Penrose -- Why the quantum must yield to gravity / Joy Christian.

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Collects classic and original contributions from leading experts to discuss one of the greatest challenges in fundamental physics: how quantum mechanics and general relativity can be reconciled in a theory of 'quantum gravity'. A key topic of debate and collaboration between physicists and philosophers.

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