The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

Hardcover | November 24, 2006

EditorDean Rickles, Steven French, Juha T. Saatsi

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Quantum gravity is the name given to a theory that unites general relativity - Einstein's theory of gravitation and spacetime - with quantum field theory, our framework for describing non-gravitational forces. The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity brings together philosophers andphysicists to discuss a range of conceptual issues that surface in the effort to unite these theories, focusing in particular on the ontological nature of the spacetime that results. Although there has been a great deal written about quantum gravity from the perspective of physicists andmathematicians, very little attention has been paid to the philosophical aspects. This volume closes that gap, with essays written by some of the leading researchers in the field. Individual papers defend or attack a structuralist perspective on the fundamental ontologies of our physical theories,which offers the possibility of shedding new light on a number of foundational problems. It is a book that will be of interest not only to physicists and philosophers of physics but to anyone concerned with foundational issues and curious to explore new directions in our understanding of spacetimeand quantum physics.

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Quantum gravity is the name given to a theory that unites general relativity - Einstein's theory of gravitation and spacetime - with quantum field theory, our framework for describing non-gravitational forces. The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity brings together philosophers andphysicists to discuss a range of conceptual issue...

Dean Rickles is at University of Calgary, Canada. Steven French is at University of Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:November 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269696

ISBN - 13:9780199269693

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1. D. P. Rickles and S. R. D. French: Quantum Gravity Meets Structuralism: Interweaving Relations in the Foundations of Physics2. T. Y. Cao: Structural Realism and Quantum Gravity3. J. Stachel: Structure, Individuality, and Quantum Gravity4. O. Pooley: Points, Particles, and Structural Realism5. M. Dorato and M. Pauri: Holism and Structuralism in Classical and Quantum GR6. D. P. Rickles: Time and Structure in Canonical Gravity7. L. Smolin: The Case for Background Independence8. J. C. Baez: Quantum Quandaries: A Category-Theoretic Perspective