Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale
The greatest challenge in fundamental physics is how quantum mechanics and general relativity can be reconciled in a theory of 'quantum gravity'. The project suggests a profound revision of our notions of space, time and matter, and so has become a key topic of debate and collaboration between physicists and philosophers. This timely volume collects classic and original contributions from leading experts in both fields for a provocative discussion of all the issues. This volume contains accessible introductions to the main and less well known approaches to quantum gravity. It includes exciting topics such as the fate of spacetime in various theories, the so-called 'problem of time' in canonical quantum gravity, black hole thermodynamics, and the relationship between the interpretation of quantum theory and quantum gravity. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the profound implications of trying to marry the two most important theories in physics.
• Was the first book on the exciting new area of overlap between philosophy and quantum gravity, and set to become the standard reference in the field• Contains chapters by the most eminent authorities in the field, including Witten, Penrose, Isham, Earman, Butterfield, Goldstein, and Unruh• Clearly lays out the philosophical dimensions of cutting-edge physics