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Seminal Papers in Quantum Gravity?

  1. Oct 7, 2010 #1
    Is there a list somewhere here of the seminal papers in quantum gravity?

    I recently ran across a paper/chapter by Ashtekar: Non-perturbative Quantum Gravity: What and Why? from a 1991 book Lectures on non-perturbative canonical gravity by Abhay Ashtekar, Ranjeet S. Tate when googling to find out what a preferred foliation was.

    It was very interesting and made me think.

    It also made me realize that there were probably some interesting seminal papers on quantum gravity from the early days which people assume you have read. Does anyone here have a relatively short list (say less than 20) of the must-read papers in quantum gravity? This seems like the kind of list a true aficionado or practitioner might keep.

    Especially any that might be relatively accessible to a non-professional that is still learning?
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  3. Oct 7, 2010 #2


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    Rovelli's book has a history section, with bibliography.

    A draft of the book is available free online at his website, just google "carlo rovelli", or if you can't find it there look at the list of handy QG links in "Introduction to LQG" thread.

    Please say if you have any trouble finding it. As I recall he has a kind of time-line account going back to Wheeler and DeWitt (maybe earlier). Also there is historical background in several of the early chapters.
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  5. Oct 7, 2010 #4
    It looks like he took the draft off as it's now published and available on Amazon and Cambridge University Press. :frown:
  6. Oct 7, 2010 #5
    Thanks unusualname and marcus, I'm sure I can start and branch out from there.
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    heh heh, no the draft PDF is still online, you just have to use the physicsforums link I posted. If you go there, it's in a short list labeled "classic online sources"
  8. Oct 7, 2010 #7
    Ah, handy thing this internet. Thanks marcus.
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