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Oxford University Press
19 March 2020
The problem of quantum gravity is often said to be the most pressing unresolved problem in all of modern physics: our theories of spacetime and matter, described respectively by Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics still resist unification. Covered with Deep Mist provides the first book-length treatment of the history of attempts to bring quantum mechanics and gravitation together. The book aims to be accessible to a broad range of readers and goes beyond a merely technical examination to include social and cultural factors involved in the changing fortunes of the field. Suitable for both newcomers and seasoned quantum gravity professionals, the book will shine new light on this century-old, unresolved problem.
By:   Dean Rickles (Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics University of Sydney Australia)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   754g
ISBN:   9780199602957
ISBN 10:   0199602956
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   19 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1: On Writing a History of Quantum Gravity 2: The Problem of Quantum Gravity 3: 'Prehistoric' Quantum Gravity 4: The Shock of the New 5: Just Another Field? 6: Forming the Canon 7: Quantum Gravity as a Regulator and Resource 8: Geon Wheeler 9: Institutionalizing Quantum Gravitational Research 10: Quantum Gravity on the Rise

Dean Rickles received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004, under the supervision of Steven French, with a thesis on conceptual issues in quantum gravity. He took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2005 (split between health sciences and philosophy), on the application of complex systems theory to population health. He joined HPS at the University of Sydney in 2007, receiving a five year ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2008 and then a four year ARC Future Fellowship in 2014. He is now Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics at the University of Sydney, where he also co-directs the Centre for Time.

Reviews for Covered with Deep Mist: The Development of Quantum Gravity (1916-1956)

Since the early years of the twentieth century, leading physicists have struggled to find some way to combine quantum theory with general relativity. In this thought-provoking study, Dean Rickles charts the early decades of this quest, unearthing forgotten gems and clarifying competing efforts. A fascinating historical study of a still-unfolding intellectual adventure. * David Kaiser, Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, MIT * In spite of almost hundred years of work, quantum gravity remains a mystery. Dean Rickles takes you on a journey through the early years of efforts to quantizing gravity. His book may help to eventually remove the deep mist that covers this theory. It is of great value for scientists and philosophers alike. * Claus Kiefer, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne *

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