Dark energy - Padmanabhan

  1. Dark energy: Mystery of the Millenium
    T. Padmanabhan

    This is an impressive paper, based on a talk and quite readable. :smile:
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  3. Chronos

    Chronos 10,348
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    Indeed, Kea. I read that one yesterday. Padmanabhan has a way with words.
  4. selfAdjoint

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    I just finished reading it. What a lot of good solid MEAT in that paper. Obviously based on decades of deep thought by himself and semingly everybody else, it really does give us a general NECESSARY framework for evaluating quantum gravity programs.
  5. Yes, I thought so too. I must put some time aside to go through some of his papers. :smile:
  6. selfAdjoint

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    He's got his references nicely organized by topic, I noticed. I liked the way he synthesized holography, thermodynamics, and special viewpoints to get his "model that works". Very convincing.

    I was especially diverted by his choice of variables for the action: the metric, the Christoffel symbols, and the curvature tensor. Noting also that the curvature tensor, in this representstion, depends on the Christoffel symbols but not the metric. I wonder how many decades of pondering the common wisdom of GR it took to come up with that!
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2006
  7. Chronos

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    What I really like is his ability reach a broad audience. Modern theorists tend to target a very narrow audience possessing great expertise in the subject material. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It's an efficient way to publish new research. Unfortunately, it leaves most of the rest of us slack-jawed. Here are some of his other papers I like:

    Issues in the Philosophy of Cosmology

    Advanced Topics in Cosmology: A Pedagogical Introduction

    http://www.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0510492 :
    Darker Side of the Universe

    A new perspective on Gravity and the dynamics of Spacetime

    Understanding Our Universe: Current Status and Open Issues
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