Planck Scale Effects in Astrophysics and Cosmology

Volume 669 of the series Lecture Notes in Physics pp 131-159


Introduction to Doubly Special Relativity

  • J. Kowalski-GlikmanAffiliated withInstitute for Theoretical Physics, University of Wroclaw

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What is the fate of Lorentz symmetry at Planck scale? This question was the main theme of the Winter School and, as the reader could see from the proceedings, there are many possible answers. Here I would like to describe one possibility, whose central postulate is that in spite of the fact that departures from Special Relativity are introduced at scales close to Planck scale, one keeps unchanged the central physical message of the theory of relativity, namely the equivalence of all (inertial) observers. This justifies the term Relativity in the title.