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Introduction to quantum gravity

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This is an introduction to background independent quantum theories of
gravity, with a focus on loop quantum gravity and related approaches.

Basic texts:

-Quantum Gravity, by Carlo Rovelli, Cambridge University Press 2005 -Quantum gravityy with a positive cosmological constant, Lee Smolin,
-Invitation to loop quantum gravity, Lee Smolin, hep-th/0408048 -Gauge fields, knots and gravity, JC Baez, JP Muniain


-undergraduate quantum mechanics
-basics of classical gauge field theories
-basic general relativity
-hamiltonian and lagrangian mechanics
-basics of lie algebras