I give an account of the Machian approach to dynamics, from Mach's critique of Newton to the work of Barbour, Bertotti, York and O'Murchadha, which culminated in the theory of Shape Dynamics, a new and original way of thinking about General Relativity. I conclude commenting on the present research lines in Shape Dynamics, and the opportunity it offers to solve the problem of time in quantum gravity.

Support for this colloquium is provided by The Templeton Frontiers Program.


Talk Number PIRSA:13010003
Speaker Profile Flavio Mercati
Collection Colloquium