## The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology: Celebrating Stephen Hawking's Contributions to PhysicsBased on lectures given in honour of Stephen Hawking's sixtieth birthday, this book comprises contributions from some of the world's leading theoretical physicists. It begins with a section containing chapters by successful scientific popularisers, bringing to life both Hawking's work and other exciting developments in physics. The book then goes on to provide a critical evaluation of 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. As well as providing a fascinating overview of the wide variety of subject areas to which Stephen Hawking has contributed, this book represents an important assessment of prospects for the future of fundamental physics and cosmology. |

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### Contents

Popular symposium 1 | 15 |

Theories of everything and Hawkings wave function | 38 |

implications | 51 |

Chris Isham Department of Physics | 73 |

Warping spacetime | 74 |

Stephen Hawking | 105 |

Spacetime singularities | 119 |

The quantum physics of chronology protection | 161 |

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 |

De Sitter space | 537 |

De Sitter space in noncritical string theory | 570 |

Supergravity M theory and cosmology | 592 |

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 |

Quantum cosmology | 613 |

Don Page | 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 |

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