The Pursuit of Quantum Gravity: Memoirs of Bryce DeWitt from 1946 to 2004

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 15, 2011 - Science - 151 pages
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1946 is the year Bryce DeWitt entered Harvard graduate school. Quantum Gravity was his goal and remained his goal throughout his lifetime until the very end. The pursuit of Quantum Gravity requires a profound understanding of Quantum Physics and Gravitation Physics. As G. A. Vilkovisky commented , "Quantum Gravity is a combination of two words, and one should know both. Bryce understood this as nobody else, and this wisdom is completely unknown to many authors of the flux of papers that we see nowadays."

Distingished physicist Cecile DeWitt-Morette skillfully blends her personal and scientific account with a wealth of her late husband's often unpublished writings on the subject matter.

This volume, through the perspective of the leading researcher on quantum gravity of his generation, will provide an invaluable source of reference for anyone working in the field.

 

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The book is well written and very enjoyable with several color photographs. It contains a nice mix of scientific detail and personal anecdotes.

Contents

Introduction
1
I Progress in Quantum Physics Since the Late Forties
13
II Progress in Gravitation Since the Late Forties
25
III Quantum Gravity
51
IV A Few Comments from Bryce DeWitt
119
V Bibliography
123
About the Author
147
Name Index
149
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