By David Gross, Marc Henneaux, Alexander Sevrin
Ever seeing that 1911, the Solvay meetings have formed glossy physics. The twenty third variation, chaired by way of 2004 Nobel Laureate David Gross, didn't holiday with that culture. It accumulated many of the major figures engaged on the principal challenge of reconciling Einstein's conception of gravity with quantum mechanics. those lawsuits supply a huge evaluate with designated perception into the main basic concerns raised by way of this problem for twenty first century physics, by means of special popular scientists. The contributions disguise: the prestige of quantum mechanics, spacetime singularities and breakdown of classical house and time, mathematical buildings underlying the main promising makes an attempt below present improvement, spacetime as an emergent suggestion, in addition to cosmology and the cosmological consistent puzzle. A historic assessment of the Solvay meetings by means of historian of sciences Peter Galison opens the quantity. within the Solvay culture, the quantity additionally contains the discussions one of the contributors - a lot of which have been relatively full of life and illustrate dramatically divergent issues of view - conscientiously edited and reproduced in complete.