Some observations on the degrees of freedom of quantum gravity

University of Amsterdam
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB
Friday, October 28, 2016
13:00 to 14:00



Recent work has made it clear that gravity is an example of an emergent phenomenon: there exists a large

number of strongly interacting, microscopic degrees of freedom and gravity is merely an approximate long-distance description

of these degrees of freedom. The situation is somewhat analogous to thermodynamics, which is also an approximate
description of the collective behavior of many microscopic degrees of freedom. I will describe some recent progress
in this area, including possible implications for black hole physics, and tantalizing connections with notions originally
developed in the context of quantum information theory.