PrefaceProloguePart I: Foundations 1: The Laws of Physics are the Same for Everyone 2: There's No Such Thing as the Force of Gravity 3: Why Nobody Understands Quantum Mechanics 4: Mass Ain't What it Used To Be 5: How to Fudge the Equations of the UniversePart II: Formulation 6: To Get There I Wouldn't Start From Here 7: A Gift From the Devil's Grandmother 8: Our Second or Third Guess Solved the Equations Exactly 9: I Used Every Available Key Ring in Verona 10: Is There Really No Time Like the Present?Part III: Elaborations 11: Gravitons, Holographic Physics and Why Things Fall Down 12: Fermions, Emergent Particles and the Nature of Stuff 13: Relational Quantum Mechanics and Why 'Here' Might Actually be 'Over There' 14: Not With a Bang: the 'Big Bounce', Superinflation and Spinfoam Cosmology 15: Black Hole Entropy, the Information Paradox and Planck Stars 16: Close to the Edge: The Reality of Time and the Principles of the Open FutureEpilogue: A Few Questions, and Some AnswersEndnotesGlossaryBibliography
Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to work with Shell International Petroleum Company, and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Mass (OUP, 2017), Origins (OUP, 2015), Higgs (OUP, 2012), The Quantum Story (OUP, 2011), and A Beginner's Guide to Reality (Penguin, 2005).
"The discovery and development of Loop Quantum Gravity has been a great adventure. Jim's story beautifully captures its insights and excitement." - Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics