Quantum GravityQuantum gravity poses the problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, the two great conceptual revolutions in the physics of the twentieth century. The loop and spinfoam approach, presented in this book, is one of the leading research programs in the field. The first part of the book discusses the reformulation of the basis of classical and quantum Hamiltonian physics required by general relativity. The second part covers the basic technical research directions. Appendices include a detailed history of the subject of quantum gravity, hardtofind mathematical material, and a discussion of some philosophical issues raised by the subject. This fascinating text is ideal for graduate students entering the field, as well as researchers already working in quantum gravity. It will also appeal to philosophers and other scholars interested in the nature of space and time. 
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Contents
VI  3 
VII  4 
VIII  9 
IX  10 
X  13 
XI  14 
XII  17 
XIII  22 
LXXXVIII  220 
LXXXIX  223 
XC  225 
XCI  226 
XCII  230 
XCIII  231 
XCIV  234 
XCVI  236 
XIV  26 
XV  28 
XVI  29 
XVII  31 
XVIII  33 
XIX  40 
XX  42 
XXI  44 
XXII  48 
XXIII  52 
XXIV  56 
XXV  62 
XXVI  65 
XXVII  71 
XXIX  73 
XXX  75 
XXXII  76 
XXXIII  78 
XXXIV  82 
XXXV  87 
XXXVI  88 
XXXVII  96 
XXXVIII  98 
XXXIX  105 
XL  108 
XLI  114 
XLII  118 
XLIII  120 
XLIV  128 
XLV  129 
XLVI  130 
XLVII  131 
XLVIII  134 
XLIX  137 
L  140 
LI  145 
LII  147 
LIII  153 
LIV  155 
LV  156 
LVI  157 
LIX  158 
LX  162 
LXI  164 
LXII  166 
LXIII  169 
LXIV  172 
LXV  174 
LXVI  176 
LXVII  177 
LXIX  179 
LXX  180 
LXXI  184 
LXXII  186 
LXXIII  190 
LXXIV  193 
LXXV  195 
LXXVI  197 
LXXVII  198 
LXXVIII  200 
LXXX  202 
LXXXI  204 
LXXXII  206 
LXXXIII  208 
LXXXIV  209 
LXXXV  210 
LXXXVI  215 
LXXXVII  218 
XCVII  238 
XCVIII  240 
XCIX  241 
C  242 
CII  243 
CIII  246 
CV  249 
CVI  250 
CVII  253 
CVIII  259 
CIX  262 
CX  268 
CXI  276 
CXII  277 
CXIII  280 
CXIV  282 
CXV  284 
CXVI  286 
CXVIII  287 
CXIX  288 
CXX  289 
CXXI  291 
CXXII  293 
CXXIII  296 
CXXIV  301 
CXXVI  303 
CXXVII  308 
CXXVIII  311 
CXXIX  312 
CXXX  315 
CXXXI  320 
CXXXII  321 
CXXXIII  327 
CXXXIV  328 
CXXXV  329 
CXXXVI  331 
CXXXVII  340 
CXXXVIII  343 
CXXXIX  356 
CXL  359 
CXLI  361 
CXLII  363 
CXLIII  366 
CXLIV  367 
CXLV  368 
CXLVI  370 
CXLVII  371 
CXLVIII  375 
CXLIX  377 
CL  383 
CLI  385 
CLII  388 
CLIII  390 
CLIV  393 
CLVI  395 
CLVII  398 
CLVIII  400 
CLIX  403 
CLX  407 
CLXI  410 
CLXII  412 
CLXIII  415 
CLXV  420 
CLXVI  422 
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action algebra backgroundindependent basis black hole boundary Chapter classical compute configuration space connection Consider coordinates covariant defined definition degrees of freedom denote derivation described determined diffeomorphism discrete dynamics eigenstate eigenvalues Einstein equations equations of motion euclidean evolution fact Feynman field equations finite formalism gauge generalrelativistic geometry given graph gravitational field Hamilton function Hamilton Jacobi hamiltonian Hilbert space holonomy idea inertial instance integral interaction interpretation intertwiners invariant kinematical lattice loop quantum gravity Lorentz measure metric Minkowski space newtonian node nonrelativistic obtained operator parameter partial observables particle phase space physical precisely predictions quantities quantization quantum field theory quantum mechanics quantum theory relation relativistic relativity representation scalar product Schrodinger Section simple solution spacetime spectrum spin network string theory structure surface tangent tensor tion transformations transition amplitudes triangulation twocomplex vacuum variable vector vertex WheelerDeWitt equation worldline
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