Discrete Causal Theory

Emergent Spacetime and the Causal Metric Hypothesis

Authors: Dribus, Benjamin F

  • Elaborates upon one of the best-motivated approaches to solving the outstanding problems of fundamental physics
  • Explains spacetime as an emergent property of the underlying mathematical structure
  • Provides a clear exposition of causal set theory and refinements that make it more powerful
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This book evaluates and suggests potentially critical improvements to causal set theory, one of the best-motivated approaches to the outstanding problems of fundamental physics. Spacetime structure is of central importance to physics beyond general relativity and the standard model. The causal metric hypothesis treats causal relations as the basis of this structure. The book develops the consequences of this hypothesis under the assumption of a fundamental scale, with smooth spacetime geometry viewed as emergent. This approach resembles causal set theory, but differs in important ways; for example, the relative viewpoint, emphasizing relations between pairs of events, and relationships between pairs of histories, is central. The book culminates in a dynamical law for quantum spacetime, derived via generalized path summation.

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Benjamin F. Dribus is an assistant professor of mathematics at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a member of the Foundational Questions Institute.   His principal research interests are fundamental spacetime structure and quantum gravity.  He also has a pure math research program in algebraic geometry and algebraic K-theory.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discrete Causal Theory
Book Subtitle
Emergent Spacetime and the Causal Metric Hypothesis
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50083-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50083-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50081-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 558
Number of Illustrations and Tables
154 b/w illustrations
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