Quantum Cosmology

A Fundamental Description of the Universe

  • Martin Bojowald

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 835)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Quantizing the Whole Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 1-3
  3. Quantizing the Whole Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 7-16
    3. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 17-46
    4. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 47-69
  4. Effective Descriptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 73-97
  5. Beyond Isotropic Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 133-165
    3. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 167-195
    4. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 197-244
  6. Mathematical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 247-264
    3. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 265-274
    4. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 275-299
    5. Martin Bojowald
      Pages 301-301

About this book

Introduction

The universe, ultimately, is to be described by quantum theory.  Quantum aspects of all there is, including space and time, may not be significant for many purposes, but are crucial for some time.  And so a quantum description of cosmology is required for a complete and consistent worldview.

Consequences of quantum gravity on grander scales are expected to be enormous.  In Quantum Cosmology, A Fundamental Description of the Universe, Martin Bojowald discusses his theory to see how black holes behave and where our universe came from.  Applications like loop quantum gravity and cosmology have by now shed much light on cosmic evolution of a universe in a fundamental, microscopic description.  Modern techniques demonstrate how the universe may have come from a non-singular phase before the Big Bang, how equations for the evolution of structure can be derived, how observations could be used to test these claims, but  also what fundamental limitations remain to our knowledge of the universe before the Big Bang.

Keywords

big bang physics bouncing cosmologies difference equations early universe cosmology effective equations loop quantum cosmology quantum cosmology quantum gravity quantum systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Bojowald
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Gravitational, Physics & GeometryPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8276-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-8275-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8276-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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