Loop Quantum Gravity/Cosmology ~ for the layman?by g33kski11z Tags: gravity or cosmology, layman, loop, quantum 

#1
Jun1908, 11:13 PM

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I've read Brian Greene's "Elegant Universe" and most of Lee Smolin's "The trouble with Physics". I found them both to be decent books. Honestly, I like them because they did not go to in depth with any math. I've read other misc papers that have been posted here at PF, but some of those equations make my head hurt. I really like how Greene explained the basics of string theory but, I haven't seen anything that was a LQG/C book/article for the layperson.
Is there anything that is available? free or not.. 



#2
Jun2008, 12:12 AM

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No there isn't! It is a big gap. Someone needs to write that kind of nonmathematical book.
You can always check at Abhay Ashtekar's personal website. He is currently the main leader in Loop Quantum Cosmology. At his website he has links to popularizations (illustrated magazine articles) and what he calls "semipopular" writing. some of the stuff at Ashtekar's website is about LQG (the full theory) and some is about LQC (the specialized application to cosmology, resolving the big bang into a big bounce). We should sift thru it. Some is likely to be several years old. I don't know of anything that is perfect. I just looked at Ashtekar's site http://cgpg.gravity.psu.edu/people/A.../articles.html and didn't see anything I especially liked in the "semipopular" articles list He is probably too busy to update the collection of links. 



#3
Jun2008, 01:05 AM

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But seriously, thanks for the link, I'll check it out. I also saw your thread with Singh's video. I guess I'll be starting there.. 



#4
Jun2008, 09:52 AM

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Loop Quantum Gravity/Cosmology ~ for the layman?I'm moving this to Beyond the Standard Model, since it is better suited there. 



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Jun2008, 03:33 PM

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