Three principles of quantum gravity in the condensed matter approach

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Research on quantum gravity (QG) has historically relied on appeals to guiding principles. This essay frames three such principles within the context of the condensed matter approach to QG. I first identify two distinct versions of this approach, and then consider the extent to which the principles of asymptotic safety, relative locality, and holography are supported by these versions. The general hope is that a focus on distinct versions of a single approach may provide insight into the conceptual and foundational significance of these principles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-163
Number of pages10
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2014



  • Asymptotic safety
  • Condensed matter
  • Effective field theory
  • Holography
  • Quantum gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Cite this