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Covered with Deep Mist: The Development of Quantum Gravity (1916-1956)

Dean Rickles

Abstract

The problem of quantum gravity is often viewed as the most pressing unresolved problem of modern physics, the ‘holy grail’: our theories of spacetime and matter, described respectively by general relativity (Einstein’s theory of gravitation and spacetime) and quantum mechanics (our best theory of matter and the other forces of nature) resist unification. Covered in Deep Mist provides the first book-length treatment of the history of quantum gravity, focusing on its origins and earliest stages of development until the mid-1950s. Readers will be guided through the impacts on the problem of quant ... More

Keywords: Quantum gravity, general relativity, history of physics, scientific methodology, unification, Planck scale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199602957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean Rickles, author
Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, University of Sydney, Australia