Knots and Quantum Gravity

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorJohn C. Baez

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This book is the first title in a new series from Oxford University Press; a series designed to make the most recent applied mathematics research more easily accessible to all professionals, postgraduates, and researchers pursuing a specific line of investigation. Recent work by mathematicians and physicists has uncovered surprising connections between knot theory and the problem of developing a quantum theory of gravity. This volume is the proceedings of a workshop held at the University of California at Riverside attended by many experts in this excitingarea of research. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together researchers in knot theory and quantum gravity and form more bridges between the two subjects. Most of the talks were given by researchers whose work has significance for both subjects. This volume contains expository papers as well as newresults, and should serve as a guide for mathematicians and physicists seeking to understand this rapidly developing area of research.

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This book is the first title in a new series from Oxford University Press; a series designed to make the most recent applied mathematics research more easily accessible to all professionals, postgraduates, and researchers pursuing a specific line of investigation. Recent work by mathematicians and physicists has uncovered surprising c...

John C. Baez, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Riverside.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198534906

ISBN - 13:9780198534907

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Table of Contents

Renate Loll: The Loop Formulation of Gauge Theory and GravityAbhay Ashketar and Jerry Lewandowski: Representation Theory of Analytic Holonomy: C*-algebrasRodolfo Gambini and Jorge Pullin: The Gauss Linking Number in Quantum GravityLouis H. Kauffman: Vassiliev Invariants and the Loop States in Quantum GravitySteven Carlip: Geometric Structures and Loop Variables in (2+1)- Dimensional GravityDana S. Fine: From Chern-Simons to WZW via Path IntegralsLouis Crane: Topological Field theory as the Key to Quantum GravityJohn C. Baez: Strings, Loops, Knots and Gauge FieldsPaolo Cotta-Ramusino and Maurizio Martellini: BF Theories and 2-knotsJ. Scott Carter and Masahico Saito: Knotted Surfaces, Braid Movies, and Beyond

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`John Baez has put together an extremely interesting and timely book which brings into focus a bubbling emerging subject...The volume communicates the atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm in the field. I heartily recommend this book to everybody working in the search for the next step [in]our understanding of the physical world at the fundamental level.'General Relativity and Gravitation, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1995