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Recent Developments in Gravitation

Cargèse 1978

  • Maurice Lévy
  • S. Deser

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Classical Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bruno Bertotti
      Pages 3-22
  3. Quantum Gravity

  4. Supergravity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Bruno Zumino
      Pages 405-459
    3. S. Deser
      Pages 461-477
    4. P. van Nieuwenhuizen
      Pages 519-548
    5. Daniel Z. Freedman
      Pages 549-561
    6. S. Ferrara
      Pages 563-575
    7. M. T. Grisaru
      Pages 577-592
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 593-596

About this book

Introduction

The theory of General Relativity, after its invention by Albert Einstein, remained for many years a monument of mathemati­ cal speculation, striking in its ambition and its formal beauty, but quite separated from the main stream of modern Physics, which had centered, after the early twenties, on quantum mechanics and its applications. In the last ten or fifteen years, however, the situation has changed radically. First, a great deal of significant exper~en­ tal data became available. Then important contributions were made to the incorporation of general relativity into the framework of quantum theory. Finally, in the last three years, exciting devel­ opments took place which have placed general relativity, and all the concepts behind it, at the center of our understanding of par­ ticle physics and quantum field theory. Firstly, this is due to the fact that general relativity is really the "original non-abe­ lian gauge theory," and that our description of quantum field in­ teractions makes extensive use of the concept of gauge invariance. Secondly, the ideas of supersymmetry have enabled theoreticians to combine gravity with other elementary particle interactions, and to construct what is perhaps the first approach to a more finite quantum theory of gravitation, which is known as super­ gravity.

Keywords

Gravity development elementary particle general relativity gravitation mechanics modern physics physics quantum field quantum mechanics relativity renormalization structure supergravity supersymmetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurice Lévy
    • 1
  • S. Deser
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and High EnergiesUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Brandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-2955-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-2957-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2955-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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