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One followup to Verlinde's paper is this:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.0488

Hidden symmetries for thermodynamics and emergence of relativity

Liu Zhao

(Submitted on 2 Feb 2010)

Verlinde recently proposed an idea about the thermodynamic origin of gravity. Though this is a beautiful idea which may resolve many long standing problems in the theories of gravity, it also raises many other problems. In this article I will comment on some of the problems of Verlinde's proposal with special emphasis on the thermodynamical origin of the principle of relativity. It is found that there is a large group of hidden symmetries of thermodynamics which contains the Poincare group of the spacetime for which space is emergent. This explains the thermodynamic origin of the principle of relativity.

One claim is that Verlinde's line of argument rules out higher spatial dimensions than 3, and just as string theory uniquely singles out 10 dimensions, via anomly cancellations, so Verlinde argument picks out 3, consistent with known observation.

Does it also rprovide an alternative string theory's approach to gravity via spin-2 gravitons?

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# Does Verlinde argument imply 3 spatial dimensions and rules out String theory?

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