Foundations of Quantum Cosmology

by Martin Bojowald (Author)
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This book lays the
foundations of quantum cosmology, developing classical cosmology and quantum
physics based on general principles without requiring detailed background
knowledge in these fields. Throughout the book, the discussion focuses on the
physical meaning of space–time – classical or quantum – and on the important
requirement of general covariance. Various classical models are derived from
this condition and applied to basic questions in cosmology and the physics of
black holes. The book's introduction of relevant ingredients from quantum
physics makes it possible to derive fundamental features of quantum cosmology,
to present the main approaches to quantum gravity, including string theory and
causal dynamical triangulations, and to outline some of their cosmological
implications. It is an essential guide for researchers in quantum gravity and
astrophysicists interested in fundamental aspects of cosmology.

 Key Features

  • Emphasizes
    the physics of quantum cosmology

  • Employs
    new semiclassical methods to avoid counter-intuitive aspects in quantum

  • Presents
    quantum cosmology in the language of well-understood physics models

  • Highlights
    implications of general covariance in classical and quantum cosmology

  • Includes
    results from a variety of approaches to quantum cosmology, as well as
    relations between them

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Publication date
September 17, 2020
Page count
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File size
9 MB

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