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Quantum Gravity (International Series of Monographs on Physics, Vol. 136) [Hardcover]

by Claus Kiefer


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April 19, 2007 019921252X 978-0199212521 2nd
The search for a quantum theory of the gravitational field is one of the great open problems in theoretical physics. This book presents a self-contained discussion of the concepts, methods and applications that can be expected in such a theory. The two main approaches to its construction -- the direct quantisation of Einstein's general theory of relativity and string theory -- are covered. Whereas the first attempts to construct a viable theory for the gravitational field alone, string theory assumes that a quantum theory of gravity will be achieved only through a unification of all the interactions. However, both employ the general method of quantization of constrained systems, which is described together with illustrative examples relevant for quantum gravity. There is a detailed presentation of the main approaches employed in quantum general relativity: path-integral quantization, the background-field method and canonical quantum gravity in the metric, connection and loop formulations. The discussion of string theory centres around its quantum-gravitational aspects and the comparison with quantum general relativity. Physical applications discussed at length include the quantization of black holes, quantum cosmology, the indications of a discrete structure of spacetime, and the origin of irreversibility.

The second edition will add some sections on topical issues. These include loop quantum cosmology, dynamical triangulation, renormalization-group approach, primordial black holes, and information-loss problem for black holes. The second edition will also contain some pedagogical extensions.

This book will be of interest to researchers and students working in relativity and gravitation, cosmology, quantum field theory and related topics. It will also be of interest to mathematicians and philosophers of science.


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`Review from previous edition This book maintains a high level of clarity throughout, and is written with admirable patience. It will be found very useful by a beginning researcher in quantum gravity who wants to have a comprehensive overview of the subject. Equally well, senior researchers in the field will find it a handy reference for standard analyses of various aspects of the subject.' General Relativity and Gravitation

`... a clear exposition of the fundamental concepts of gravity... an extensive review of the subject.' Journal of Classical and Quantum Gravity

`... suitable for the expert who wants an overview of the state-of-the-art, as well as the novice looking for an introduction to one of the most spellbinding subjects in theoretical physics today.' Physik-Journal

About the Author


Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Cologne
Germany
1988 PhD Heidelberg
1989-93 Postdoc Zuerich
1993-2001 Lecturer Freiburg
since 2001 Professor Cologne

Product Details

  • Series: International Series of Monographs on Physics (Book 136)
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2nd edition (April 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019921252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199212521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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