Seminar in Torino

There are many approaches to Quantum Gravity. We have string theory (ST), loop quantum gravity (LQG), causal dynamical triangulations (CDT), causal set approach (CSA) and many others. There are some common features for all of these theories. We discussed them briefly. We claim that the mathematical apparatus for Quantum Gravity is hidden in foundations of ST, LQG and CSA. We formulate the RT-paradigm and we wrote a list of open issues.

One mathematical problem in combinatorical topology: my lecture at the conference Group 32 in Prague

We formulate one mathematical problem, which will be useful in Quantum Gravity problematics. We will call, that a circle with finite length and finite circumference, which could be deformed, is a ring: let’s have a finite collection of N rings, which could not touch. Derive a formula for number of non-homeomorphic structures, which could be constructed from this finite collection of rings; Every two rings could be linked only once, they could not be knotted or twisted. We don’t consider the Brunnian type of ring.

Causal set approach to Quantum Gravity

Causal set approach to Quantum Gravity is a quite new theory developed at late 80’s and 90’s of last century. It is a discrete approach to Quantum Gravity, by contrast with string theory or loop quantum gravity. And it is the only theory so far, which gave us a plausible bound on the value of the cosmological constant! These are slides from my lecture in Nuclear Physics Institute in Řež in Czech republic.