Item description for Heat Kernel and Quantum Gravity (Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs) by Ivan G. Avramidi...
This book tackles quantum gravity via the so-called background field method and its effective action functional. The author presents an explicitly covariant and effective technique to calculate the de Witt coefficients and to analyze the Schwinger-de Wit asymptotic expansion of the effective action. He also investigates the ultraviolet behaviour of higher-derivative quantum gravity. The book addresses theoretical physicists, graduate students as well as researchers, but should also be of interest to physicists working in mathematical or elementary particle physics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 26, 2000
ISBN 3540671552 ISBN13 9783540671558
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Some of the best in mathematical physics! Aug 6, 2002
Spectral theory for the heat equation represents one of the more exciting points of interaction between math and physics: It also serves as a deep link, via spectral theory, between geometry(math), and quantum gravity(physics). While the subject has roots far back, this lovely book presents some of the more exciting developments in the past decade. One of the success stories in interdisciplinary theoretical science! It is well written, and will be a great source for grad students. This very nice book further points toward the research trends of the future. Moreover, the results presented in the book are timeless. The book will be of value also ten years from now. Being an acknowledged authority in the subject, this author is in a unique position to write a book on the central themes and theories in the subject.