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The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology
Celebrating Stephen Hawking's Contributions to Physics

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Martin J. Rees, James B. Hartle, Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne, Stephen W. Hawking, George F. R. Ellis, Matt Visser, Brandon Carter, Werner Israel, Bernard Carr, Simon F. Ross, Steven Giddings, Malcolm Perry, Joe Polchinski, Gary Horowitz, Leonard Susskind, Gary Gibbons, Ian Moss, Chris Isham, Abhay Ashtekar, Fay Dowker, Edward Witten, David Gross, Michael Green, Paul Townsend, Nick Warner, Chris Pope, Raphael Bousso, Andrew Strominger, Renata Kallosh, Don Page, A. Vilenkin, Bryce de Witt, J. Halliwell, Peter D'Eath, Alan Guth, Paul Shellard, Neil Turok, Andrei Linde, Pierre Binetruy
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  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521144087

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  • Based on lectures given in honour of Stephen Hawking's sixtieth birthday, this book comprises contributions from some of the world's leading theoretical physicists. It begins with a section containing chapters by successful scientific popularisers, bringing to life both Hawking's work and other exciting developments in physics. The book then goes on to provide a critical evaluation of advanced subjects in modern cosmology and theoretical physics. Topics covered include the origin of the universe, warped spacetime, cosmological singularities, quantum gravity, black holes, string theory, quantum cosmology and inflation. As well as providing a fascinating overview of the wide variety of subject areas to which Stephen Hawking has contributed, this book represents an important assessment of prospects for the future of fundamental physics and cosmology.

    • Contains contributions from top researchers in cosmology and theoretical physics
    • An important assessment of fundamental physics and cosmology for researchers and interested readers
    • Provides a complete overview of the wide variety of fields in which Stephen Hawking has been influential
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The collection of authors is uniformly impressive … well-written and pedagogical … this volume provides a rewarding experience for researchers interested in gravity, cosmology, and fundamental physics.' Sean M. Carroll, American Journal of Physics

    'As the contributions show, the 21st century promises to become again an exciting time for gravitational physics … will find its prominent place on my shelf.' Claus Kiefer, General Relativity and Gravitation

    '… even those with only a 'popular science' interest in recent developments in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology will find much to interest them.' David Park, SIAM News

    '… a fascinating book, aimed at those physicists and mathematicians who have an interest in cosmology.' Mathematics Today

    ''The pictorial presentation … instantly captures the reader's attention. … an eminently readable record of a well-timed chorus of friends for someone like Hawking sitting on a perch aloft who hit his 60th birthday and travelled against time and tide.' Contemporary Physics

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    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521144087
    • length: 906 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of contributors
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Popular Symposium:
    2. Our complex cosmos and its future Martin J. Rees
    3. Theories of everything and Hawking's wave function of the Universe James B. Hartle
    4. The problem of space-time singularities: implications for quantum gravity? Roger Penrose
    5. Warping spacetime Kip Thorne
    6. 60 years in a nutshell Stephen W. Hawking
    Part II. Spacetime Singularities:
    7. Cosmological perturbations and singularities George F. R. Ellis
    8. The quantum physics of chronology protection Matt Visser
    9. Energy dominance and the Hawking–Ellis vacuum conservation theorem Brandon Carter
    10. On the instability of extra space dimensions Roger Penrose
    Part III. Black Holes:
    11. Black hole uniqueness and the inner horizon stability problem Werner Israel
    12. Black holes in the real universe and their prospects as probes of relativistic gravity Martin J. Rees
    13. Primordial black holes Bernard Carr
    14. Black hole pair creation Simon F. Ross
    15. Black holes as accelerators Steven Giddings
    Part IV. Hawking Radiation:
    16. Black holes and string theory Malcolm Perry
    17. M theory and black hole quantum mechanics Joe Polchinski
    18. Playing with black strings Gary Horowitz
    19. Twenty years of debate with Stephen Leonard Susskind
    Part V. Quantum Gravity:
    20. Euclidean quantum gravity: the view from 2002 Gary Gibbons
    21. Zeta functions, anomalies and stable branes Ian Moss
    22. Some reflections on the status of conventional quantum theory when applied to quantum gravity Chris Isham
    23. Quantum geometry and its ramifications Abhay Ashtekar
    24. Topology change in quantum gravity Fay Dowker
    Part VI. M Theory and Beyond:
    25. The past and future of string theory Edward Witten
    26. String theory David Gross
    27. A brief description of string theory Michael Green
    28. The story of M Paul Townsend
    29. Gauged supergravity and holographic field theory Nick Warner
    30. 57 varieties in a NUTshell Chris Pope
    Part VII. de Sitter Space:
    31. Adventures in de Sitter space Raphael Bousso
    32. de Sitter space in non-critical string theory Andrew Strominger
    33. Supergravity, M theory and cosmology Renata Kallosh
    Part VIII. Quantum Cosmology:
    34. The state of the universe James B. Hartle
    35. Quantum cosmology Don Page
    36. Quantum cosmology and eternal inflation A. Vilenkin
    37. Probability in the deterministic theory known as quantum mechanics Bryce de Witt
    38. The interpretation of quantum cosmology and the problem of time J. Halliwell
    39. What local supersymmetry can do for quantum cosmology Peter D'Eath
    Part IX. Cosmology:
    40. Inflation and cosmological perturbations Alan Guth
    41. The future of cosmology: observational and computational prospects Paul Shellard
    42. The ekpyrotic universe and its cyclic extension Neil Turok
    43. Inflationary theory versus the ekpyrotic/cyclic scenario Andrei Linde
    44. Brane (new) worlds Pierre Binetruy
    45. Publications of Stephen Hawking
    Index.

  • Editors

    G. W. Gibbons, University of Cambridge

    E. P. S. Shellard, University of Cambridge

    S. J. Rankin, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Martin J. Rees, James B. Hartle, Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne, Stephen W. Hawking, George F. R. Ellis, Matt Visser, Brandon Carter, Werner Israel, Bernard Carr, Simon F. Ross, Steven Giddings, Malcolm Perry, Joe Polchinski, Gary Horowitz, Leonard Susskind, Gary Gibbons, Ian Moss, Chris Isham, Abhay Ashtekar, Fay Dowker, Edward Witten, David Gross, Michael Green, Paul Townsend, Nick Warner, Chris Pope, Raphael Bousso, Andrew Strominger, Renata Kallosh, Don Page, A. Vilenkin, Bryce de Witt, J. Halliwell, Peter D'Eath, Alan Guth, Paul Shellard, Neil Turok, Andrei Linde, Pierre Binetruy

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