Here is the Cambridge U. Press catalog page for Rovelli's new book Quantum Gravity http://titles.cambridge.org/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521837332 It now says the book is "in stock" and says that it can be ordered from publisher for Pounds 45.00 plus Pounds 3.50 to ship anywhere in world US Amazon does not yet have the book in stock. They have already sold a bunch, advance order, and they are charging $ 70, shipping free within US. So even tho it may take a bit longer it may be a better deal to get it from Amazon.
herewith the amazon link http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...-5153454?v=glance&s=books&n=507846&vi=reviews here's some favorable comment by Alain Connes, from the CUP catalog: "In spite of its sociological success string theory is still far from a solution of the problem of quantum gravity which should be considered as wide open. The book of Carlo Rovelli provides the basis, both at the technical and the conceptual level, for research in this fundamental problem of physics. The basic issues are clearly and deeply analyzed without any dogmatic stand and with great freedom of thoughts resulting in an unvaluable opportunity to learn and think for both mathematicians and physicists." ---Alain Connes is currently a Professor at the Collège de France, I.H.E.S. and Vanderbilt University Connes should have said "inestimable" instead of "unvaluable"----the catalog editor at Cambridge should have caught that.
Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau: Mock on, mock on: tis all in vain! You throw the sand against the wind, And the wind blows it back again. And every sand becomes a gem Reflected in the beams divine; Blown back they blind the mocking eye, But still in Israel's path they shine. The atoms of Democritus And Newton's particles of light Are sands upon the Red Sea shore, Where Israel's tents do shine so bright. ---William Blake
Quantum Gravity coming-of-age Part of the reason for noticing the publication of Rovelli's book is that it helps to signal 2004 as a coming-of-age year for LQG There has been an upsurge in research output (I will fetch the numbers) plus there's the publication of major pieces of writing by the three founders of LQG (Ashtekar, Smolin, Rovelli) which help to define the field Abhay Ashtekar and Jerzy Lewandowski Background Independent Quantum Gravity: a Status Report http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0404018 Lee Smolin An Invitation to Loop Quantum Gravity http://arxiv.org/hep-th/0408048 Carlo Rovelli Quantum Gravity Cambridge ----- plus 2004 has seen an especially large number of QG conferences Pune(India), Mexico City, Karpacz, Marseille, Waterloo ----- As for the growth in research output, it is easiest to see from the arxiv postings: Year 1994: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1994/0/1 Year 1995: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1995/0/1 Year 1996: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1996/0/1 Year 1997: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1997/0/1 Year 1998: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1998/0/1 Year 1999: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/1999/0/1 Year 2000: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/2000/0/1 Year 2001: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/2001/0/1 Year 2002: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/2002/0/1 Year 2003: http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/2003/0/1 Last twelve months (e.g. 25 October 2003 to 25 October 2004): http://arXiv.org/find/nucl-ex,astro...m+AND+OR+triply+doubly+special/0/1/0/past/0/1 Code (Text): 1994 61 1995 83 1996 72 1997 70 1998 67 1999 76 2000 89 2001 98 2002 121 2003 139 LTM 171 ------
as long as I'm on current events and signals that QG is coming of age, Loop and String are interspersed in this 6-day symposium at Playa del Carmen in November. ----LQG talks on the program--- Sixth Mexican School on Gravitation and Mathematical Physics Approaches to Quantum Gravity Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, November 21-27, 2004 Monday 9:00 - 10:00 Course I, Quantum Geometry (1/3): Ashtekar Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Course I, Quantum Geometry (2/3): Ashtekar Tuesday 13:00 - 13:30 Spacetime Granularity and Lorentz Invariance: Sudarsky Wednesday 13:00 - 13:30 Semiclassical Aspects and Phenomenology of Loop Quantum Gravity: Morales Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Plenary Talk 4, Black Holes and Quantum Gravity: Corichi Thursday 11:30 - 12:30 Course VI, Loop Quantum Gravity and Spinfoams (1/3): Rovelli Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Course I, Quantum Geometry (3/3): Ashtekar Friday 11:30 - 12:30 Course VI, Loop Quantum Gravity and Spinfoams (2/3): Rovelli Friday 17:00 - 18:00 Plenary talk 5, Loops and Strings: Smolin Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 Course VI, Loop Quantum Gravity and Spinfoams (3/3): Rovelli Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 Plenary talk 6, Selected Topics on Spin Foams: Perez Saturday 12:30 - 13:30 Plenary talk 8, Loop Quantum Cosmology: Bojowald ---end exerpts--- Here's the link to the full program: http://www.nuclecu.unam.mx/~gravit/EscuelaVI/english.html the program also has other well-known people like John Barrow and Robert Wald---and includes string theorists such as Amanda Peet, Andrei Linde, and Renata Kallosh. Renata Kallosh will be lecturing about the huge number of String Vacuum States (Kallosh and Linde were among the co-authors of the famous paper by Kachru et al) So there are plenty string stars going to Playa del Carmen. Point is there is also Ashtekar, Rovelli, Smolin, Bojowald, Perez, Corichi... thanks to nonunitary for bringing us at PF the news about this conference and for providing the link
Rovelli's book is also available online as a .pdf draft on his homepage at CPT. But the version is not the fully final version published by CUP. Nevertheless, it is very worth having a look at. The pdf link is: http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/book.pdf Nice studying =)