The Development of Quantum Gravity

Quantum gravity (the union of quantum field theory and general relativity) is the greatest unresolved puzzle of 21st century physics: a solution still eludes us despite 80 years of intensive effort. Instead there are numerous competing research programmes. This project seeks to examine the historical development of quantum gravity, from its prehistory to the present day, from both a conceptual and sociological perspective. In focusing on the genesis and evolution of the approaches we will better understand the present quagmire. In highlighting their commonalities we will foster greater collaboration between them.

Research Team:
Dean Rickles