Effective Spacetime

Understanding Emergence in Effective Field Theory and Quantum Gravity

  • Karen Crowther

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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About this book


This book discusses the notion that quantum gravity may represent the "breakdown" of spacetime at extremely high energy scales. If spacetime does not exist at the fundamental level, then it has to be considered "emergent", in other words an effective structure, valid at low energy scales. The author develops a conception of emergence appropriate to effective theories in physics, and shows how it applies (or could apply) in various approaches to quantum gravity, including condensed matter approaches, discrete approaches, and loop quantum gravity.


Breakdown of spacetime Condensed matter approaches to quantum gravity Discrete approaches to quantum gravity Effective field theory Emergence of spacetime Emergent spacetime Loop quantum gravity

Authors and affiliations

  • Karen Crowther
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Pittsburgh Department of PhilosophyPITTSBURGHUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39506-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39508-1
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