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Quantum Nature of the Big bang in Simple Models.
Speaker(s): Abhay Ashtekar
Abstract: According to general relativity, space-time ends at singularities and classical physics just stops. In particular, the big bang is regarded as The Beginning. However, general relativity is incomplete because it ignores quantum effects. Through simple models, I will illustrate how the quantum nature of space-time geometry resolves the big bang singularity. Quantum physics does not stop there. Indeed, quantum space-times can be vastly larger than what general relativity had us believe, with unforeseen physical effects in the deep Planck regime.
Date: 03/12/2008 - 2:00 pm
Series: Colloquium
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