String Theory, Quantum Gravity and Locality


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Department of Physics. String theory is, at present, the only quantum mechanical theory of gravity interacting with matter which is not known to be inconsistent. While the theory is still rather far from making testable predictions, it does offer the prospect of realistic model-building in the not-too-distant future. Perhaps more importantly, it can serve as a theoretical testing ground for developing our ideas about what concepts like locality and general covariance mean in a quantum mechanical framework.
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