Flavio Mercati

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Phd: University of Rome Sapienza, Italy 2010

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Hi!

I am a
Templeton Frontiers postdoctoral Fellow
at Perimeter.
I am also a FQXi member and grant holder. You can visit my personal webpage here.

Research Interests

My primary interest is Quantum Gravity. I am currently working on a new theory of gravity called Shape Dynamics, which differs from Einstein's General Relativity in trading the relativity of simultaneity for the relativity of scale (three-dimensional conformal invariance). This theory promises to give a fresh perspective on the Problem of Time, on the origin of the Universe, and on the quantization of gravity.

I supervised a few students for Master's theses and Summer projects.
Email me here if you're interested in a thesis in Shape Dynamics.

I'm also interested in outreach and popular science. here's a short documentary I did with Julian Barbour.

Recent Publications

Seminars

  • PIRSA:13010003, What is motion? What is time?, 23/01/2013, Colloquium
  • PIRSA:13070040, The Arrow of Time, Complexity and Bulk Entropy in Gravity, 22/07/2013, Loops 13
  • PIRSA:12050067, Shape Dynamics: Relativity Without Relativity, 09/05/2012, Conformal Nature of the Universe
  • PIRSA:11110138, Relative Locality, Kappa-Poincaré and the Relativity Principle, 23/11/2011, Quantum Gravity

Research Interests

My primary interest is Quantum Gravity. I am currently working on a new theory of gravity called Shape Dynamics, which differs from Einstein's General Relativity in trading the relativity of simultaneity for the relativity of scale (three-dimensional conformal invariance). This theory promises to give a fresh perspective on the Problem of Time, on the origin of the Universe, and on the quantization of gravity.