The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology: Celebrating Stephen Hawking's Contributions to Physics

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G. W. Gibbons, E. P. S. Shellard, S. J. Rankin
Cambridge University Press, Oct 23, 2003 - Science - 879 pages
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Based on lectures given in honor of Stephen Hawking's 60th birthday, this book comprises contributions from the world's leading theoretical physicists. It begins with a introductory section with popular-level lectures and then goes on to provide a critical evaluation of more advanced subjects in modern cosmology and theoretical physics. Topics covered include the origin of the universe, warped spacetime, cosmological singularities, quantum gravity, black holes, string theory, quantum cosmology and inflation. This book provides a fascinating overview of the wide variety of subject areas to which Stephen Hawking has contributed.
  

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Contents

Brandon Carter Department dAstrophysique Rela
5
Popular symposium
15
Theories of everything and Hawkings wave function
38
implications
51
Chris Isham Department of Physics
73
Warping spacetime
74
Sixty years in a nutshell
105
Spacetime singularities
119
M theory and beyond
453
String theory
468
A brief description of string theory
473
The story of M
484
Gauged supergravity and holographic field theory
494
Chris Pope
515
De Sitter space
537
De Sitter space in noncritical string theory
570

The quantum physics of chronology protection
161
Energy dominance and the HawkingEllis vacuum
177
Black holes
203
Black holes in the real universe and their prospects
217
Primordial black holes
236
Black hole pair creation
264
Black holes at accelerators
278
Black holes and string theory
291
Playing with black strings
310
Twenty years of debate with Stephen
330
Quantum gravity
349
Zeta functions anomalies and stable branes
373
Some reflections on the status of conventional quantum
384
Quantum geometry and its ramifications
409
Topology change in quantum gravity
436
Supergravity M theory and cosmology
592
Quantum cosmology
613
Quantum cosmology
621
Quantum cosmology and eternal inflation
649
Probability in the deterministic theory known
667
The interpretation of quantum cosmology and
675
What local supersymmetry can do for quantum
693
Cosmology
723
observational
755
The ekpyrotic universe and its cyclic extension
781
Inflationary theory versus the ekpyroticcyclic scenario
801
Brane new worlds
839
Publications of Stephen Hawking
860
Index
873
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