String Gravity and Physics at the Planck Energy Scale

  • N. Sánchez
  • A. Zichichi

Part of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences book series (ASIC, volume 476)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. S. P. Novikov
    Pages 1-9
  3. H. J. de Vega, N. Sánchez
    Pages 11-63
  4. Paolo Di Vecchia, Lorenzo Magnea, Alberto Lerda, Rodolfo Russo, Raffaele Marotta
    Pages 105-119
  5. A. Chamblin, G. W. Gibbons
    Pages 233-254
  6. Thomas Banks
    Pages 277-284
  7. Alexander Vilenkin
    Pages 345-367
  8. D. S. Salopek
    Pages 409-430
  9. Don N. Page
    Pages 431-450
  10. D. Boyanovsky, M. D’Attanasio, H. J. de Vega, R. Holman, D.-S. Lee
    Pages 451-491
  11. Laurence G. Yafee
    Pages 493-506
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 521-544

About this book


The contemporary trends in the quantum unification of all interactions including gravity motivate this Course. The main goal and impact of modern string theory is to provide a consistent quantum theory of gravity. This, Course is intended to provide an updated understanding of the last developments and current problems of string theory in connection with gravity and the physics at the Planck energy scale. It is also the aim of this Course to discuss fundamental problems of quantum gravity in the present-day context irrespective of strings or any other models. Emphasis is given to the mutual impact of string theory, gravity and cosmology, within a deep a well defined programme, which provides, in addition, a careful interdisciplinarity. Since the most relevant new physics provided by strings concerns the quantization of gravity, we must, at least, understand string quantization in curved space-times to start. Curved space-times, besides their evident relevance m classical gravitation, are also important at energies of the order of the Planck scale. At the Planck energy, gravitational interactions are at least as important as the rest and can not be neglected anymore. Special care is taken here to provide the grounds of the different lines of research in competition (not just only one approach); this provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the real state of the discipline, and to learn it in a critical way.


Gravity Inflation astrophysics cosmology dynamical systems energy field theory galaxies gravitation physics quantization quantum field theory quantum gravity string theory topology

Editors and affiliations

  • N. Sánchez
    • 1
  • A. Zichichi
    • 2
  1. 1.Observatoire de ParisDemirmFrance
  2. 2.CERNGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6589-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0237-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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