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A New Spin on the Hole Argument

Rickles, Dean (2004) A New Spin on the Hole Argument. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This brief paper shows how an exact analogue of Einstein's original hole argument can be constructed in the loop representation of quantum gravity. The new argument is based on the embedding of spin-networks in a manifold and the action of the diffeomorphism constraint on them. The implications of this result are then discussed. I argue that the conclusions of many physicists working on loop quantum gravity---Rovelli and Smolin in particular---that the loop representation uniquely supports relationalism are unfounded.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Hole argument, quantum gravity, spacetime, general relativity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Dean Rickles
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1859
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1859

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