Three Roads To Quantum Gravity

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Basic Books, Jul 4, 2002 - Science - 256 pages
From one of the world's most distinguished scientists, the first popular book to present the controversial and exciting ideas behind quantum gravity
 

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I sincerely think Brian Greene recommended this book to support his own personal bias for string theory, maybe I'm
Just spoiled, but after his patronizing cat and mouse explanation of the Heisenberg
uncertainty principle he goes on to
Speak of space and distances of the observable universe saying " an observer who lives on earth a billion years from now will be able to see much more of the universe" yeah that line is the straw that broke the proverbial camels back I'm guessing when he wrote this book they didn't know about the rate of expansion ? Or maybe he was just dumbing things down too much not sure, but this was one of the most painful reads ever, to be fair I'm sure he eventually talked about loop quantum gravity (the only reason I rented the book in the first place ) but I couldn't make it past 50 pages
 

Contents

There is nothing outside the universe
17
In the future we shall know more
26
Many observers not many worlds
33
The universe is made of processes not things
49
What we have learned
67
Black holes and hidden regions
69
Acceleration and heat
77
Black holes are hot
88
The sound of space is a string
146
The present frontiers
167
The holographic principle
169
How to weave a string
179
What chooses the laws of nature?
194
A possible future
207
Postscript
212
Glossary
226

Area and information
95
How to count space
106
Knots links and kinks
125
Suggestions for further reading
235
Index
241
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Lee Smolin, author of The Life of the Cosmos, is Professor of Physics at the Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at Pennsylvania State University and a leading contributor to the search for a unification of quantum theory, cosmology. and relativity. He lives in London.

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