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Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology

  • Jayant V. Narlikar
  • T. Padmanabhan

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 1-8
  3. Quantum Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 11-37
    3. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 38-63
    4. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 64-106
    5. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 107-148
  4. Classical General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 151-194
    3. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 195-233
    4. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 234-272
  5. Quantization in Curved Spacetime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 275-309
    3. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 310-329
  6. Quantum Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 333-354
    3. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 355-391
    4. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 392-426
    5. Jayant V. Narlikar, T. Padmanabhan
      Pages 427-430
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 431-468

About this book

Introduction

For several decades since its inception, Einstein's general theory of relativity stood somewhat aloof from the rest of physics. Paradoxically, the attributes which normally boost a physical theory - namely, its perfection as a theoreti­ cal framework and the extraordinary intellectual achievement underlying i- prevented the general theory from being assimilated in the mainstream of physics. It was as if theoreticians hesitated to tamper with something that is manifestly so beautiful. Happily, two developments in the 1970s have narrowed the gap. In 1974 Stephen Hawking arrived at the remarkable result that black holes radiate after all. And in the second half of the decade, particle physicists discovered that the only scenario for applying their grand unified theories was offered by the very early phase in the history of the Big Bang universe. In both cases, it was necessary to discuss the ideas of quantum field theory in the background of curved spacetime that is basic to general relativity. This is, however, only half the total story. If gravity is to be brought into the general fold of theoretical physics we have to know how to quantize it. To date this has proved a formidable task although most physicists would agree that, as in the case of grand unified theories, quantum gravity will have applications to cosmology, in the very early stages of the Big Bang universe. In fact, the present picture of the Big Bang universe necessarily forces us to think of quantum cosmology.

Keywords

Gauge theory Potential Schrödinger equation Soliton dynamische Systeme electromagnetism geometry mechanics model quantum mechanics transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Jayant V. Narlikar
    • 1
  • T. Padmanabhan
    • 1
  1. 1.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchBombayIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-4508-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8508-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4508-1
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