Philosophy of Science 85 (December):1190-1203 (2018)

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Nick Huggett
University of Illinois, Chicago
Christian Wüthrich
University of Geneva
Abstract
This paper examines two cosmological models of quantum gravity to investigate the foundational and conceptual issues arising from quantum treatments of the big bang. While the classical singularity is erased, the quantum evolution that replaces it may not correspond to classical spacetime: it may instead be a non-spatiotemporal region, which somehow transitions to a spatiotemporal state. The different kinds of transition involved are partially characterized, the concept of a physical transition without time is investigated, and the problem of empirical incoherence for regions without spacetime is discussed.
Keywords cosmology  big bang  quantum gravity  loop quantum cosmology
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DOI 10.1086/699723
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