Exploratory research session on the quantization of the gravitational field⋆
At the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark, June-July 1957
Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Contract No. AF 33(616)-5367, Wright Air Development Center, Air Research and Development Command, United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Received: 9 March 2017
Accepted: 15 March 2017
Published online: 1 June 2017
During the period June–July 1957 six physicists met at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark to work together on problems connected with the quantization of the gravitational field. A large part of the discussion was devoted to exposition of the individual work of the various participants, but a number of new results were also obtained. The topics investigated by these physicists are outlined in this report and may be grouped under the following main headings: The theory of measurement. Topographical1 problems in general relativity. Feynman quantization. Canonical quantization. Approximation methods. Special problems.
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