Quantum Gravity as a Sum over Geometries

  • Jan Ambjorn (Niels-Bohr-Institut, Kopenhagen und Spinoza-Institut, Utrecht)
G3 10 (Lecture hall)


The theory of gravity is non-renormalizable. Thus we either have to modify the theory or to face the problem of dealing with a non-renormalizable theory if we insist that gravity should be quantized. Here we follow the latter path and define quantum gravity as a non-perturbative sum over geometries in an exceedingly simple way. The approach is background independent but neverless we "observe" in computer simulations the emergence of a four-dimensional universe which can be viewed as a classical universe with superimposed quantum fluctuations. The results might be related to the ideas of Hartle, Hawking and Vikenkin about the creation of our universe from nothing.

Katharina Matschke

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