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Quantum Gravity:

  • What is it? There are a variety of sources on web.
  • For a taste try John Baez's amusing intro to quantum gravity, this short blurb from the Max Planck Institute, and the Wikipedia online encyclopedia entry.
  • In the popular press there are a handful of articles on quantum gravity and loop quantum gravity (lQG). The January 2004 Scientific American had an article by Lee Smolin (the author of Three Roads to Quantum Gravity). James Glanz published a NYT profile on Abhay. In 1999 George Johnson of the NYT wrote a "dual profile" of Steve Giddings and Carlo Rovelli. Carlo wrote a piece on lQG published in Physics World. On the archives there is an english translation of an article by Rudiger Vaas on lQG published in Bild der Wissenschaft.
  • There is a richer set of texts with more technical introductions:
  • Norbert Bodendorfer's "An elementary introduction to loop quantum gravity" arXiv:1607.05129
  • Abhay Ashtekar and Jerzy Lewandowski teamed up to write a status report.
  • Some time ago Carlo Rovelli wrote a review of lQG in Living Reviews in Relativity.
  • Thomas Thiemann has a quite accessible set of lecture notes.
  • There are now several book-length introductions, including with advanced undergraduate/begining graduate students in mind:
  • Rovelli and Vidotto, Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity
  • Gambini and Pullin, A First Course in Loop Quantum Gravity
  • Upper level discussions are found in
  • Carlo Rovelli's Quantum Gravity (a version of Carlo's is online) and
  • Thomas Thiemann's Modern Canonical Quantum General Relativity.
  • Here is a (quite dated) reading guide.

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