Lessons from classical gravity about the quantum structure of spacetime

  title={Lessons from classical gravity about the quantum structure of spacetime},
  author={Thanu Padmanabhan},
  journal={Journal of Physics: Conference Series},
  • T. Padmanabhan
  • Published 20 December 2010
  • Physics
  • Journal of Physics: Conference Series
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