Gravity, geometry and the quantum

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Abstract

At the beginning of the 20th century, Einstein revolutionized the notions of space and time, first through special relativity and then, a decade later, through general relativity. Conceptual ideas underlying general relativity are explained and its physical ramifications summarized in general terms, without recourse to advanced mathematics. This theory is perhaps the most sublime creation of the human mind. Nonetheless, it has become increasingly clear that it too has serious limitations which can be overcome only through another dramatic revision of our notions of space and time. The article concludes by providing glimpses of what awaits us in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Society of Black Physicists - 35th Annual Day of Scientific Lectures and 31st Annual Meeting
Subtitle of host publication2008 Joint Annual Conference of the NSBP 2008 and the NSHP 2008
Pages32-41
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event35th Annual Day of Scientific Lectures and 31st Annual Meeting: 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, NSBP 2008 and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, NSHP 2008 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2008Feb 23 2008

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1140
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other35th Annual Day of Scientific Lectures and 31st Annual Meeting: 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, NSBP 2008 and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, NSHP 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period2/20/082/23/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Ashtekar, A. (2009). Gravity, geometry and the quantum. In Proceedings of the National Society of Black Physicists - 35th Annual Day of Scientific Lectures and 31st Annual Meeting: 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the NSBP 2008 and the NSHP 2008 (pp. 32-41). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1140). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3183525