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Students who are interested in quantum gravity usually face the difficulty of working through a large amount of prerequisite material before being able to deal with actual quantum gravity. The [course_title] is designed to introduce you to the basics of special relativity and covering basic topics in Hamiltonian dynamics, Yang-Mills theory, general relativity and quantum field theory, ending with a tour on current (loop) quantum gravity research.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Open Culture

Course Curriculum

Module: 01
Carlo Rovelli — Gravity as We Know It 00:16:00
How can you describe space without treating it as its own entity? 00:02:00
Did Einstein think that empty space was real? 00:02:00
What is Mach’s Principle? 00:03:00
Carlo Rovelli — The Granular World 00:07:00
Why are general relativity and quantum theory incompatible? 00:02:00
What is the difference between fundamental and emergent properties? 00:02:00
Is time fundamental or emergent? 00:02:00
Is space itself emergent? 00:01:00
Module: 02
Carlo Rovelli — Loop Quantum Gravity 00:09:00
What is loop quantum gravity? 00:01:00
Are there criticisms of loop quantum gravity? 00:01:00
What are the biggest achievements of loop quantum gravity? 00:03:00
Carlo Rovelli — Searching for White Holes 00:14:00
What are white holes and can we see them? 00:02:00
What are your views on string theory? 00:03:00
Will scientists find a truly fundamental description of the universe? 00:02:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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