Lecture Notes in Physics

Quantum Cosmology

A Fundamental Description of the Universe

Authors: Bojowald, Martin

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  • Bridges the gap between quantum gravity research and cosmology
  • Discusses the underlying concepts and philosophical implications of the universe before the big bang
  • The author is credited with the theory of loop quantum gravity, the main approach to understanding quantum cosmology
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The universe, ultimately, is to be described by quantum theory.  Quantum aspects of all there is, including space and time, may not be significant for many purposes, but are crucial for some time.  And so a quantum description of cosmology is required for a complete and consistent worldview.

Consequences of quantum gravity on grander scales are expected to be enormous.  In Quantum Cosmology, A Fundamental Description of the Universe, Martin Bojowald discusses his theory to see how black holes behave and where our universe came from.  Applications like loop quantum gravity and cosmology have by now shed much light on cosmic evolution of a universe in a fundamental, microscopic description.  Modern techniques demonstrate how the universe may have come from a non-singular phase before the Big Bang, how equations for the evolution of structure can be derived, how observations could be used to test these claims, but  also what fundamental limitations remain to our knowledge of the universe before the Big Bang.

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Professor Martin Bojowald works on quantum gravity and has initiated loop quantum gravity, which is the main approach to quantum cosmology and the subject of this book. For his work, he has received the First Prize of the Gravity Research Foundation Essay Competition in 2003, the Xanthopoulos Prize of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation in 2007, and an NSF Early Career Award in 2008. He has also written several pieces for a general audience on the subject.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantum Cosmology
Book Subtitle
A Fundamental Description of the Universe
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
835
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8276-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8276-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8275-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-3017-9
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 310
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