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Why Space Itself is Quantum in Nature - with Jim Baggott

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Published on 20 May 2019 / In Other

Loop quantum gravity aims to unify the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics, as explained by Jim Baggott.
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Quantum gravity is the holy grail for modern theoretical physicists – a single structure that brings together the two great theories of the 20th century: quantum mechanics and general relativity. One widely-known solution is string theory, which emerged from particle physics. In this talk, Jim Baggott will describe the other approach known as Loop Quantum Gravity. This theory starts from general relativity, borrows many ideas and techniques from quantum mechanics, and predicts that space itself is quantum in nature.

Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/XE33mycJNNI

Jim Baggott is an award-winning science writer. He trained as a scientist, completing a doctorate in chemical physics at the University of Oxford in the early 80s, before embarking on post-doctoral research studies at Oxford and at Stanford University in California.

This talk was filmed at the Ri on 12 February 2019.

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