Quantum Spacetime: Mimicry of Paths and Black Holes

Marco Spaans
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Series: Classical and Quantum Mechanics
BISAC: SCI057000



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Since its inception, general relativity has been unreceptive to a marriage with the quantum aspects of our universe. Following the ideas of Einstein, one may pursue an approach that allows spacetime itself to take centre stage. The quantum properties of matter are then carried by the dynamics of spacetime shape and connectivity. This monograph introduces the reader to the foundations of quantum spacetime in a manner accessible to researchers and students. Likewise, interested laymen that lack a strong background in quantum mechanics or spacetime studies but are keen to learn would find this information worthwhile. It can be shown from the first principles how spacetime is globally built up by paths which constitute entire histories in four dimensions. The central physical idea is that the collective existence of observers and observed derives from one mimicking the other unremittingly, thereby inducing tangible reality. This world of identity by mimicry creates a multitude of interacting histories. Throughout the text, experiments are used to derive physical principles. Obtained results are therefore intuitive and accessible to non-experts. This monograph also discusses consequences of quantum spacetime for black holes, dark energy, inflation, the Higgs boson, and the multiverse.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. A Few Reflections on the Nature of Spacetime

Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics

Chapter 3. Topology to Express the Quantum Uncertainty of Space and Time

Chapter 4. Aspects of General Relativity

Chapter 5. Properties of Black Holes andWormholes

Chapter 6. Cosmic Evolution: a Black Hole Perspective

Chapter 7. The Mimicking Nature of Quantum Spacetime

Chapter 8. Topological Quantization of Spacetime

Chapter 9. Further Implications and Predictions

Chapter 10. Future Outlook: the Multiverse


Audience: Professional: undergraduate and graduate students in physics, astronomy and philosophy as well as physics, astronomy and philosophy researchers. Nonprofessional: laymen with a basic background in physics who are keen to understand the nature of quantum spacetime, and who are willing to make an intellectual effort to learn more about our cosmos.

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