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What’s the problem with the cosmological constant?

Schneider, Mike D. (2018) What’s the problem with the cosmological constant? [Preprint]

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Abstract

The “Cosmological Constant Problem” (CCP) is widely considered a crisis in contemporary theoretical physics. Unfortunately, the search for its resolution is hampered by open disagreement about what is, strictly, the problem. This disagreement stems from the observation that the CCP is not a problem within any of our current theories, and nearly all of the details of those future theories for which the CCP could be made a problem are up for grabs. Given this state of affairs, I discuss how one ought to make sense of the role of the CCP in physics and generalize some lessons from it.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schneider, Mike D.mdschnei@uci.edu
Keywords: Cosmological constant problem; philosophy of quantum gravity; methodology of frontier physics research
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mike D. Schneider
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 14:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 14:05
Item ID: 16016
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: November 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16016

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