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Physics meets philosophy at the Planck scale : contemporary theories in quantum gravity

Author: Craig Callender; Nick Huggett
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Was the first book to examine the exciting area of overlap between philosophy and quantum mechanics with chapters by leading experts from around the world.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Callender; Nick Huggett
ISBN: 052166280X 9780521662802 0521664454 9780521664455
OCLC Number: 45172783
Description: x, 365 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Introduction / Craig Callender and Nick Huggett --
Part 1 --
Theories of quantum gravity and their philosophical dimensions --
Spacetime and the philosophical challenge of quantum gravity / Jeremy Butterfield and Christopher Isham --
Naive quantum gravity / Stephen Weinstein --
Quantum spacetime : What do we know? / Carlo Rovelli --
Part II --
Strings --
Reflections on the fate of spacetime / Edward Witten --
A philosopher looks at string theory / Robert Weingard --
Black holes, dumb holes, and entropy / William G. Unruh --
Part III -Topological quantum field theory --
Higher-dimensional algebra and Planck scale physics / John C. Baez --
Part IV --
Quantum gravity and the interpretation of general relativity --
On general covariance and best matching / Julien B. Barbour --
Pre-Socratic quantum gravity / Gorbon Belot and John Earman --
The origin of the spacetime metric : Bell's 'Lorentzian pedagogy' and its significance in general relativity / Harvey R. Brown and Oliver Pooley --
Part V --
Quantum gravity and the interpretation of quantum mechanics --
Quantum spacetime without observers : Onto logical clarity and the conceptual foundations of quantum gravity / Sheldon Goldstein and Stefan Teufel --
On gravity's role in quantum state reduction / Roger Penrose --
Why the quantum must yield to gravity / Joy Christian.
Responsibility: edited by Craig Callender, Nick Huggett.
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