Reading Group QG

Rovelli book picAfter a successful Michaelmas Term 2014, the reading group on the philosophy of quantum gravity will be continued during Hilary Term 2015. We will start where we stopped with the Rovelli-Vidotto book (`Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity’) last term (i.e. Chapter 4). The e-book is available here and will soon be available through SOLO. If interested, please contact the convenors. No knowledge of Quantum Gravity required.

When: Hilary Term 2015, every monday 4-5 pm

Where: Oxford University, Philosophy Department, Meeting Room 4

Convenors: Tushar Menon & Niels Martens (firstname.lastname@philosophy.ox.ac.uk)


 

Week 1 (19 Jan 2015): This slot will be used by Oliver Pooley for one of the cancelled Advanced Philosophy of Physics classes from last term.

Week 2 (26 Jan 2015): Chapter 4 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.

Week 3 (2 Feb 2015): Chapter 5 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.

Week 4 (9 Feb 2015): Chapter 6 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book, and the first 10 pages of Ch 7.

Week 5 (16 Feb 2015): Chapter 7 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.

NB. In Week 5, Dr John Wheater is giving a talk on ‘What is quantum gravity?’ at the Physics Society in Oxford, on Thursday evening.

Week 6 (23 Feb 2015): Chapter 7 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.

Week 7 (2 March 2015): Chapter 7 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.

Week 8 (9 March 2015): Chapter 7 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book.


MICHAELMAS TERM 2014

Week 1 (15 Oct 2014): Section 1, 3 (and ideally also 4) of the Isham/Butterfield article.

Week 2 (22 Oct 2014): Cancelled due to lack of rooms

Week 3 (29 Oct 2014): Chapter 1 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book

Week 4 (5 Nov 2014): Chapter 2 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book

Week 5 (12 Nov 2014): Chapter 3 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book

Week 6 (19 Nov 2014): Canonical Geometrodynamics: Remainder of Chapter 3 of the Rovelli-Vidotto book, and `Canonical Quantum Gravity’ by Kuchar (pdf without pictures/ google books).

Week 7 (26 Nov 2014): Cancelled

Week 8 (3 Dec 2014): Remainder of `Canonical Quantum Gravity’ by Kuchar (pdf without pictures/ google books).