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  1. marcus

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    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.
     
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  3. marcus

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    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.
     
  4. jeff

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    Funny, that's the only part of Connes otherwise misleading blurb I agree with.
     
  5. marcus

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    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
     
  6. marcus

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    how are things going at U. Toronto?

    did you get Amanda Peet as lecturer in the string class?
     
  7. marcus

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    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
     
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  8. marcus

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    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
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2004
  9. Awesome! I didn't realize this book was out. It'll be on my Christmas list.

    Paden Roder
     
  10. 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 =)
     
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