Approaches to Fundamental Physics

An Assessment of Current Theoretical Ideas

  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
  • Erhard Seiler

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 721)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Elementary Particle Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. H. G. Dosch
      Pages 21-50
    3. M. G. Schmidt
      Pages 51-57
  4. Quantum Field Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. K. Fredenhagen, K.-H. Rehren, E. Seiler
      Pages 61-87
  5. General Relativity Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. J. Ehlers
      Pages 91-104
  6. Quantum Gravity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. C. Kiefer
      Pages 123-130
    3. T. Thiemann
      Pages 185-263
  7. String Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 286-286
    2. J. Louis, T. Mohaupt, S. Theisen
      Pages 289-323
  8. Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. N. Straumann
      Pages 327-397
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 399-422

About this book


This book presents contributions on particle theory, quantum field theory, general relativity, quantum gravity, string theory and cosmology. These represent the outcome of numerous discussions, taking place among the authors over a period of several years, about the research landscape of present-day fundamental theoretical physics. Indeed, the resultant book documents their attempt, out of their respective and highly specialized scientific positions, to find a way of communicating about methods, achievements and promises of the different approaches which shape the development of this field. It is therefore also an attempt to elucidate the connections between these approaches, and present them not as disjoint ventures but rather as facets of a common quest for understanding. Readers interested in fundamental approaches of theoretical physics will find this book highly stimulating and enlightening.


Albert Einstein cosmology elementary particle energy field theory general relativity particle physics physics quantum field theory quantum gravity relativity spin string theory theoretical physics theory of relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Erhard Seiler
    • 3
  1. 1.Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft (FESt)Schmeilweg 5Germany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversitä HeidelbergPhilosophenweg 16Germany
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für PhysikWerner-Heisenberg-Institut80805 MünchenGermany

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