Deriving General Relativity from String Theory

Philosophy of Science 82 (5):1163-1174 (2015)
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Nick Huggett
University of Illinois, Chicago
Tiziana Vistarini
University of Colorado, Boulder
Abstract
Weyl symmetry of the classical bosonic string Lagrangian is broken by quantization, with profound consequences described here. Reimposing symmetry requires that the background space-time satisfy the equations of general relativity: general relativity, hence classical space-time as we know it, arises from string theory. We investigate the logical role of Weyl symmetry in this explanation of general relativity: it is not an independent physical postulate but required in quantum string theory, so from a certain point of view it plays only a formal role in the explanation
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