Preface; Part I. Foundations: 1. Spacetime as a quantum object; 2. Physics without time; 3. Gravity; 4. Classical discretization; Part II. The 3D Theory: 5. 3D Euclidean theory; 6. Bubbles and cosmological constant; Part III. The Real World: 7. The real world: 4D Lorentzian theory; 8. Classical limit; 9. Matter; Part IV. Physical Applications: 10. Black holes; 11. Cosmology; 12. Scattering; 13. Final remarks; References; Index.
A comprehensible introduction to the most fascinating research in theoretical physics: advanced quantum gravity. Ideal for researchers and graduate students.
Carlo Rovelli is Professor of Physics at Universite d'Aix-Marseille, where he directs the gravity research group. He is one of the founders of loop quantum gravity theory. Francesca Vidotto works at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and initiated the spinfoam approach to cosmology.