Program

The problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity is yet unsolved. At a fundamental level, general relativity and quantum theory seem to be contradictory and the theoretical framework of physics is still unaccomplished. It is necessary to combine these two ways of thinking into a single, even more fundamental, theoretical paradigm; this has been called “quantum gravity”. This step is also necessary for understanding extreme situations such as near the Big Bang or the black hole singularities. The school will give a general overview of the field of Quantum Gravity, of its main and most recent achievements and will propose new challenges and open questions that are looking for answers.

Courses

QUANTUM COSMOLOGY Abhay Ashtekar
NON-COMMUTATIVE GEOMETRY AND QUANTUM GRAVITY John Barrett
BLACK HOLES Eugenio Bianchi
QUANTUM SPACE Laurent Freidel
ASYMPTOTIC SAFETY Roberto Percacci
COVARIANT LOOP QUANTUM GRAVITY Carlo Rovelli