Monday, November 30, 2009

How Far Are We From The Quantum Theory Of Gravity?

That is the question that is being asked in this review of the effort to incorporate gravity into quantum mechanics (the full paper is available for free, upon registration, during the first 30 days of online publication)[1].

Abstract: I give a pedagogical explanation of what it is about quantization that makes general relativity go from being a nearly perfect classical theory to a very problematic quantum one. I also explain why some quantization of gravity is unavoidable, why quantum field theories have divergences, why the divergences of quantum general relativity are worse than those of the other forces, what physicists think this means and what they might do with a consistent theory of quantum gravity if they had one. Finally, I discuss the quantum gravitational data that have recently become available from cosmology.

This comes on the heel of another review of the phenomenological quantum gravity.


[1] R.P. Woodward, Rep. Prog. Phys. v.72 p.126002 (2009).


Anonymous said...

they'll figure out quantum gravity in 40 years when the figure out fusion reactors...

Anonymous said...

I have just a slight correction. The author is R.P. Woodard.

emulenews said...

The preprint is in ArXiv: